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Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

Here are few of Dr. Sayeed’s current projects with people in the community:

DSC01037In Staten Island, youth at the Miraj Islamic School and the Catholic Youth Organization learned about Islamic and Catholic teachings on social justice. (Photo: Interfaith Center of New York.)  

  • In 2011, Dr. Sayeed brought a group of Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim women together as an interfaith discussion group. They have been meeting regularly since then. “We watch documentaries together and use a model called ‘scriptural reasoning,’ which allows us to compare the texts of the various religions on particular topics and share each other’s perspectives,” she says. [For a chance to compare short passages of the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Quran on topics like the voice of God, the creation of the world, and women and equality, go to]
  • In Harlem, she helped organize a program that brought together community members from the Mosque Of Islamic Brotherhood and Church Of St. Charles Borromeo & Resurrection Chapel to discuss the intersection of racism and theology. “That was amazing,” she says. “African American Catholics and Muslims got together and shared their experiences of racism within their own faith communities as well as the liberating power of their own faith.”
  • Another interfaith program in Harlem looks at the intersection of spirituality and recovery from addiction—“the Catholic and Muslim perspectives on how spirituality could be a tool in recovery.”

Next page: Women in Islam, breaking down gender barriers in the mosque.

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  • Beverly May 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dr.Sarah is doing a great work in bringing diverse communities together to enable them to get a better understanding of their various cultures & to enable them to see that their needs are very similar. Her method of working together will bring about the desired results

  • toni myers May 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Actually, I didn’t know the list of things Dr.Sayeed gives as basic precepts for everyday living. She makes valuable connections between people with different beliefs. An amazing woman doing worthy work. Yes to more folks hearing of her work. Thanks Debbie!

  • Margery Stein May 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Someone should send this article to an editor at the NYTimes. Like Malala, she is worthy of a “Times Talks” lecture. Debbie always seems to unearth these marvelous & meaningful women.

  • Susanna Gaertner May 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    As always, Deb, a worthwhile article on a worthy woman. Happy to learn about her.