Diversity Dialogue - Fundamentalism
Who owns religious fundamentalism?

On Thursday, September 8 the Office of Multicultural Affairs, working in conjunction with the Interfaith Initiative hosted a film presentation and discussion hoping to find an answer to this very question.

Within hours of the attack on the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, the final letters of hijacker Muhammad Atta, discovered in the trunk of a rental car parked at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C., were being dissected by journalists and TV pundits. Americans wondered what kind of religious beliefs could propel a person to murder thousands of innocent civilians. But religious fundamentalism wasn't a new concept and it can be applied to followers of many religions, not just Islam.

The event included a screening of "The Fundamentalists", a documentary that traces of the origins of fundamentalism, explores its intention and examines how it developed into a global phenomenon.

After the film, there was a discussion about the issues brought up in the documentary and its implications on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
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