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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

8

ADS 2008 Man Of The Year

By Shauki Halime

Dr. Nadim Kassem

Congratulations!

The votes are in and Dr. Nadim Kassem has been voted as this year’s recipient of the:

ADS Man of the Year 2008 Award.

He is held in high regard by many in the Society for his devotion & ser- vice to the community. Dr. Kassem's contributions to the ADS, and the ADF

are numerous and served as National

substantive. President of

He the

ADS and was tees including

active on many commit- CORA and CORR.

His intellectual honesty is matched by a sharp and logical frame of thinking and an eye for accuracy and consistency in writing and re- views. We have all benefitted from many of the constructive criticisms that he has voiced during our meet- ings and in personal communications over the years. We treasure his friendship & dedication.

The decision to honor him by the ADS is most fitting and long overdue.

Thank you, Dr. Kassem, for your sincere contributions and lifelong love & support of our Druze Society.

Congratulations again & God Bless you and keep you always in good health.

Druze International Symposium Washington, DC

February, 2008

The following is a summary of the recent symposium at the Library of Congress.

The Symposium was a one day jointly sponsored program by the Library of Congress (LOC) & the American Druze

Foundation (ADF) held in Washington, DC.

The subject was: "The Druze

Heritage:

Roots,

Development, and The Challenges of Modernity".

directed to researchers in the field rather the general public. Yet they are relevant to discussions on the current status of the Druze communities, the challenges they face and their attempt at reform.

The program was basically an academic exercise in researching the development of Tawhid in both its Islamic and pre-Islamic roots. It was full day with many scholars from the U.S., Canada, Lebanon and Europe. The papers were mostly

The program was video taped by the Library of Congress (LOC) for possible future viewing. The attendance was limited to approximately 100 people by the size of the Jefferson Room at the (LOC).

Scholars participating in the symposium included American University of Beirut; Majid Fakhri, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; Abbas Hamdani, Wis- consin University; Linda Clarke, Concordia University; Sumaiya Hamdani, George Mason University; Erlendur Haraldsson, Uni- versity of Iceland; Intisar Azzam, Lebanese American University in Beirut; Kais M. Firro, Haifa University; and Dr. Anis Obeid, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University.

“POETRY AND THE BEST OF IT IS POETRY THAT SHEDS THE LIGHT ON THE ESSENCE OF LIFE, I.E., ON THE REALITY AND BEAUTY OF EXISTENCE.”

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