i think -and hope- interfaith dialoge events will grow day by day.
|The Rumi Forum in cooperation with the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University gave the 2007 RUMI Peace and Dialogue Awards.
Upon UNESCO’s declaration of 2007 as the year of Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi,
The Rumi Forum, in appreciation of Rumi and his thoughts organized this special event in remembrance of the individuals and organizations who greatly contributed to global peace and security.
The 2007 RUMI Peace and Dialogue Awards was dedicated to one of the most profound human being, Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi.
In these difficult times, said the Rumi Forum president Ali Yurtsever, we believe that such contributions are extremely important to our world which needs much support to combat the misunderstandings between cultures and spiritual belief systems.
Speakers in the event indicated that misunderstandings among different cultures make us more susceptible to division than facilitating mutual respect and understanding.
The RUMI AWARDS were given to extraordinary individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed their time, energy, leadership and dedication to the cause of dialogue, peace, tolerance, community service and understanding.
Prime Minister of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the President of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero received the “Dialogue of Civilizations Award” with their contribution under the initiative of Alliance of Civilizations.
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr from George Washington University, Islamic Studies received the “Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi Award.”
Among the other recipients of 2007 RUMI Peace and Dialogue Awards were; Dr. Marc Gopin, Dr. John J. DeGioia, Dr. David Smock, Dr. John Esposito, Reverend Dr. Clark Lobenstine and Krista Tippett, with their contribution to interfaith dialogue and global peace.