Source: This Week Newspapers
On July 3, 2003 This Week Newspapers reported that "in an effort to bring together Muslim and non-Muslim segments of the central Ohio community, the Upper Arlington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations is joining several local, faith-based and ideological organizations to hold a series of forums known as 'Diverse Traditions -- Common Ideals.' A goal is to encourage interaction and mutual learning among local people of all faiths... 'We would love to have friends from other faiths join us because the whole thing is about bridging gaps,' said Ahmad Al-Akhras, president of CAIR Ohio. 'It's a dialogue, more than a one-way conversation...' CAIR Ohio is joining with the International Visitors Council of Columbus, the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, the International Institute for Democracy, the North American Interfaith Network, The Ohio State University Middle East Studies Center, and the Sunrise Academy to sponsor the dialogue series. The next program, set for July 17 at the Sunrise Academy... will focus on women in Islam."