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Sahar Taman
Sahar Taman was awarded the 2010 National Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and was Project Director for the Religion and Society Dialogue Program at the National Peace Foundation with its partner on the program; the Islamic Society of North America. She currently enjoys mentoring youth around the world through her work on the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program.

Entries by Sahar Taman

An American Muslim's Response to President Obama's Call to "Work With Us"

(46) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Since President Obama's December 6th message from the Oval Office in response to the violence in San Bernardino, most American Muslims are relieved to hear that our president and our government stand against unprecedented Islamophobia. In recent weeks there is an outpouring of solidarity with Muslims from thousands...

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The Other Malalas

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Malala Yousafzai, at 17, has become the world's advocate for girls' education. Recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she said she receives it on behalf of the voiceless. Malala is truly a voice of the voiceless; millions of girls and women without access to education in both the development world,...

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For the Common Egyptian, This Is a People's Coup

(4) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 6:04 PM

After spending days glued to the ten or so Arabic TV channels one can get via satellite in northern Wisconsin while visiting my father, my family in the U.S., as well as extended family in Egypt and all over the world broke out in cheers and congratulations when Egyptian President...

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What I Want for Mother's Day Is Clarity

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 9:16 AM

What I want for Mother's Day this year is clarity. It has been a lot of confusion all year long, and now even my identity has changed. This will be the first year I do not have a mother to celebrate Mother's Day with. My mother passed away gracefully 6...

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Commemorating the First Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution From Several Vantage Points

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 11:36 AM

On the first anniversary of the 25th of January Egyptian Revolution, I had the opportunity to commemorate it in more ways than one. While I really would have liked to have been in Tahrir Square with the millions celebrating in Cairo, I was stuck in Washington, DC contemplating ways to...

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Egyptians have No Intention of Allowing their Revolution to be Hijacked

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 12:37 AM

On Friday, November 18, I was standing in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time in 2011, inspired by the almost festive mood of the Million Man demonstration. Since Saturday, November 19th, the Egyptian Central Security Forces and the Egyptian Military have been attacking the protestors with live ammunition and...

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Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Talks the Talk and Walks the Walk

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 12:45 AM

In 2009 I had the privilege to spend two weeks with Tawakul Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee. We traveled the United States visiting grassroots communities in a study tour on 'religion and society' for a program I directed for the...

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This September 11th, We Don't Have to Partake in Uncivil Discourse

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 3:41 PM

On September 11, 2010, at the height of the Terry Jones "Burn the Quran" madness and the New York City Park 51 Islamic Center controversy, I received tens of calls and emails from complete strangers. Apparently they found me online and discovered my association as a member of the American...

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My Experience With Egypt's Central Security Forces

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Since Tuesday evening's escalating protests in Egypt, my friends have been contacting me about my Facebook video and photo re-postings of the demonstrations. They are confused about what is happening and why. After all, for many of them Egypt is a tourist friendly destination offering the best of its ancient...

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