Exploring the Faithful City (Birmingham)
Ed. Jonathan Gurling
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- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858584201
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It was 12th September 2001. The world awoke
to the grim replays of the Twin Towers disintegrating in a dust cloud of
unimaginable proportions. Everyone sensed that the world had just become a more
In many cities the Muslim community became
a target for the mindless anger of a minority. In Birmingham, the Central
Mosque was daubed and Muslims going to prayer were spat at. The sense of this
city as a model of good community relationships was damaged by the impact of
events thousands of miles away.
Rabbi Leonard Tann, leader of Birmingham’s
Orthodox Jewish community, phoned Dr Mohammed Naseem, Chairman of Birmingham
Central Mosque, to offer his support and ask if he could visit the Mosque. They
were joined by Bishop Mark Santer and together they gathered on the steps of
the Mosque, before the press, to proclaim the bonds of mutual trust and respect
between the faith communities of the city.
Out of this act of humanity the Birmingham
Faith Leaders’ Group was born. Six years on and there are now 15 leaders from
all the major faith communities of the city – Buddhists, Christians, Hindus,
Jews, Muslims and Sikhs.
This book explores a year of their work from July 2006 – 12 months in which acts of terrorism overseas, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and violence on the streets of Birmingham challenged the faith leaders to seek harmony and justice and to explore the impact which faith could bring to bear on the city of Birmingham.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||black & white|