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Progress in Madrid?

2008 August 1

The blog Crossroads Arabia calls attention to a Transatlantic Institute interview with Dr. Jean Francois Seznec of Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Dr. Seznec proclaims King Abdullah’s Madrid Interfaith Conference a success – and not because it has breached some new, profound level of understanding between the religions. Instead, King Abdullah is the first Saudi leader to go “on the line to promote understanding between faiths.” Therefore, the gains of this specific conference are less important than the fact that more dialogue is to come, the King having stood up to the most conservative of Wahhabi elements.

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