Professor Nasser D. Khalili-A Distinguished Jewish Scholar’s Love of Islamic Art

In London we had the privilege to meet with Professor Nasser D. Khalili, founder and Chairman of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation, an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador – and one of the world’s foremost collectors of Islamic art who is often referred to as the “cultural ambassador of Islam”.

Through his philanthropic endeavours, Professor Khalili has dedicated his life to promoting interfaith dialogue, understanding and respect. His work has been recognised by leading figures around the world including Pope Francis, several Arab monarchs, and other leading religious authorities. His passion for Islamic art and its preservation is unrivalled and globally acknowledged.

The Maimonides Interfaith Foundation is a dynamic influential international charity promoting understanding and respect between people from the three Abrahamic faiths through the power of creativity, intercultural dialogue and education. At a wider level, it also helps drive discussions around key issues and challenges relating to the role of faith, religion and pluralism in the world today. During our meeting Professor Khalili taught us that peace is possible for Jews, Christians, and Muslims if we come together and use art, culture and education as a means to building bridges across the religious divide.


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