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9/11 and American Empire:
Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out 

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9/11 and American Empire: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out 
Edited by Kevin Barrett, John Cobb, and Sandra Lubarsky 

Interlink Books, Spring 2007 

MUJCA-NET is pleased to announce that a new collection of essays on 9/11 and empire has been published by Interlink, publisher of the 9/11 revisionist works of David Griffin and Nafeez Ahmed. 9/11 and the American Empire: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out presents a variety of perspectives on 9/11 and empire from authors who identify with one of the major Abrahamic traditions. Co-edited by a major Christian theologian (John Cobb), a Jewish scholar (Sandra Lubarsky) and a Muslim scholar (Kevin Barrett) the book will include contributions by such well-known figures as Rabbi Michael Lerner, Nafeez Ahmed, MUJCA-NET's own co-founder Faiz Khan, and others. The writers will offer reflections on 9/11 and empire—reflections informed by the moral principles of their religious traditions as well as the necessity to engage in thoughtful dialogue with those of other traditions.

Table of Contents

Kevin Barrett, “Introduction: Toward an Interfaith Dialogue on 9/11 and Empire”

Christians:

John Cobb, “The Evil that Results from Erroneous Beliefs”

David Griffin, “9/11 and the American Empire: A Christian Theologian Speaks Out."

Carter Heyward, “Shattering Illusion

Catherine Keller, "Elemental Love Toward a Counter-Apocalyptic Coalition"

Rosemary Ruether, "American Empire and the War Against Evil

Jews:

Sandra Lubarsky, “Terrible Fears, Terrible Desires: A Jewish Response to 9/11”

Marc Ellis, “After 9/11: The Struggle to Define Jewish Identity

Tamar Frankiel, “Spiritual Community in the Post-9/11 World: A Jewish Perspective”

Roger Gottlieb “9/11 and the American Empire: Some Jewish Questions and Answers”

Rabbi Michael Lerner, “What Next? Will It Make a Difference if We Succeed in Exposing 9/11 as a Fraud?”

Muslims:

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, “Muslim Problem or Covert Operations Nightmare?: The Question of the Root of International Terrorism”

Kevin Barrett, "Interpreting the Unspeakable: The Myth of 9/11"

Faiz Khan: "American Muslims and ‘9/11 Truth': The Paralysis of Discourse, The Incompetence of Academia, and The Need for an Accurate Diagnosis"

Enver Masud, "The War on Islam"

Yasmin Ahmed: "The Remaking of Islam in the Post-9/11 Era"  

Biographies  

John Cobb, “The Evil that Results from Erroneous Beliefs”  

John B. Cobb, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of the Claremont School of Theology.  He is Founding Director of the Center of the Center for Process Studies and Co-founder of Progressive Christians Uniting, for which he edited Progressive Christians Speak.  He is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church .  Among his books are The Liberation of Life with Charles Birch (1984) and For the Common Good with Herman Daly (1997) as well as Christ in a Pluralistic Age (1999) and Postmodernism and Public Policy (2001).  

David Griffin, “"9/11 and the American Empire: A Christian Theologian Speaks Out."  

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont , California , where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. His 30 books include God, Power, and Evil: A Process Theology (1976); Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition (1976); Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Theology (2004); and Deep Religious Pluralism (2005). He has also written The New Pearl Harbor : Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004) and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), both published by Interlink Books.  

Carter Heyward, “Shattering Illusion” 

An ordained Episcopal priest and the author of more than 20 books, Carter Heyward is the Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge , Massachusetts . Among her recent works are God in the Balance: Christian Spirituality in Times of Terror (2002), When Boundaries Betray Us (2000), and Saving Jesus from Those Who Are Right: Rethinking What It Means to Be Christian (1999).  

Catherine Keller, "Elemental Love Toward a Counter-Apocalyptic Coalition"  

Catherine Keller has taught at the Theological School of Drew University since 1986, where as Professor of Constructive Theology she teaches courses in systematic, process, ecological, postcolonial and feminist theology. Her books include From a Broken Web: Separation, Sexism and Self (1986); Apocalypse Now and Then: A Feminist Guide to the End of the World (1996); The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming (2003); Postcolonial Theologies: Divinity and Empire (2004); and God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Journeys (2005).    

Rosemary Ruether, "American Empire and the War Against Evil”  

Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of America 's leading Christian theologians, has been a leader in many areas. Her many books include Liberation Theology: Human Hope Confronts Christian History and American Power (1972); Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology (1983); Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (1992); Religion and Sexism: Images of Woman in the Jewish and Christian Traditions (1998); To Change the World: Christology and Cultural Criticism (2001); and Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (2005). Having long taught at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston , Illinois , she has most recently taught at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley .  

Marc Ellis “After 9/11: The Struggle to Define Jewish Identity” 

Marc Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, where in 2000 he founded and became the first director of the Center for American and Jewish Studies. In 1980, Dr. Ellis joined the faculty of the Maryknoll School of Theology where he founded the Institute for Justice and Peace. From 1995-1998 he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University as well a Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Florida State University. Among his books are Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation: The Challenge of the 21st Century (2004), Israel And Palestine - Out Of The Ashes : The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-first Century (2002), Revolutionary Forgiveness: Essays on Judaism, Christianity, and the Future of Religious Life (2000), A Year at the Catholic Worker: A Spiritual Journey Among the Poor (2000 ). Unholy Alliance : Religion and Atrocity in Our Time (1997).  

Tamar Frankiel, “Spiritual Community in the Post-9/11 World: A Jewish Perspective”

Tamar Frankiel is Dean of Students and Professor of Comparative Religion at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago and is the author of The Gift of the Kabbalah (2001); The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism (1990); co-author of Minding the Temple of the Soul and Entering the Temple of Dreams (1997 and 2000, with Judy

Greenfeld) as well as four other books and numerous scholarly articles on comparative religion in America. 

Roger Gottlieb “9/11 and the American Empire: Some Jewish Questions and Answers”

Roger Gottlieb is a Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts . He is the author of A Spirituality of Resistance (2003), Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change (2002), Marxism: Origin and Betrayal (1992) and editor of Liberating Faith: Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom (2003), and This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment (1995).  

Rabbi Michael Lerner, “What Next? Will It Make a Difference if We Succeed in Exposing 9/11 as a Fraud?”

Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of the world's largest circulation progressive Jewish magazine, TIKKUN, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in San Francisco . Rabbi Lerner is author of more than ten books, including Jewish Renewal (1995), The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism (1997), Spirit Matters (2002), Healing Israel/Palestine (2003) and The Geneva Accord : And Other Strategies for Healing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2004).  

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, “Muslim Problem or Covert Operations Nightmare?: The Question of the Root of International Terrorism”  

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is executive director of the Institute for Policy Research and Development in Brighton, England, and the best-selling author of The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked: September 11, 2001, which won him the Naples Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary award, and The War on Truth: 9/11, Disinformation and the Anatomy of Terrorism . A regular political commentator on BBC Radio, Ahmed has been named a Global Expert on War, Peace and International Affairs by The Freedom Network of the International Society for Individual Liberty in California . He is the author of many internationally acclaimed research papers and reports on human rights practices and Western foreign policy. His latest book is Behind the War on Terror: Western Secret Strategy and the Struggle for Iraq .

Kevin Barrett, "Interpreting the Unspeakable: The Myth of 9/11"  

Kevin Barrett has taught English, French, Arabic, American Civilization, Humanities, African Literature, Folklore, and Islam at colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay area, Paris, and Madison, Wisconsin. His Ph.D. dissertation on Moroccan legend compares contemporary legends to classic saints' legends. He is serving as president of Khidria, a non-profit corporation dedicated to Islamic socio-environmental awareness, writing and editing for the Muslim magazine al-Jumuah, and spearheading MUJCA-NET, the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth.  

Faiz Khan: "American Muslims and ‘9/11 Truth': The Paralysis of Discourse, The Incompetence of Academia, and The Need for an Accurate Diagnosis"  

Faiz Khan is a Muslim scholar and educator as well as an M.D. with a dual specialty in emergency and internal medicine. He has been living and working in New York City since 1969. A 9/11 first responder, he has been in the forefront of post-9/11 peace and education efforts in New York and elsewhere.  He is well-known as a staunchly outspoken opponent of terror in all its guises, and has participated in two memorial services for the victims of 9/11, as well as the New York group Muslims Against Terrorism. Dr. Khan is the author of “9/11: An Islamic Perspective” published by Belief Net in their selection of essays on religion and 9/11. An Assistant Imam at two New York area mosques, Dr. Kahn has treated subjects related to Islam, politics, and 9/11 at numerous speaking engagements and publications. Dr. Khan is a co-founder of MUJCA-NET, the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth.  

Enver Masud, "The War on Islam"  

Enver Masud is an engineering management consultant, and has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, EBRD and USAID in Albania, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Latvia, Pakistan, Russia, and Tanzania. He is the founder and CEO of The Wisdom Fund, a think tank and information outlet based near Washington , DC dedicated to advancing social justice and interfaith understanding through presenting the truth about Islam.  

Yasmin Ahmed: "The Remaking of Islam in the Post-9/11 Era"  

Yasmin Ahmed is an Egyptian-born American freelance journalist based in Madison , Wisconsin . She grew up in Madison and earned a BS in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a graduate student in Journalism/Mass Communications. Her work has been published by Middle East Times , the Wisconsin State Journal , Islamicity , Q Magazine , al-Jumuah Magazine , Islamonline , Media Monitors Network, and other outlets.

 

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