Rabbi Marc Schneier

Rabbi Marc Schneier is President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and a noted adviser to many Gulf states.

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Sheikh Khalifa’s legacy of transformation and tolerance

The entire interfaith community mourns the loss of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the late president of the UAE, who oversaw dramatic transformation in his country — in terms of both economics and making the UAE a beacon of tolerance for the world.

May 19, 2022

Ramadan has lessons for us all

When I was growing up in New York’s Jewish community, Ramadan was far from my consciousness. I knew little of its meaning for billions of Muslims around the world, much less the spiritual significance of the rituals.

April 01, 2022

A changed Turkey can be a benefit to all

Change is happening fast in Turkey, and countries from Europe to the Middle East and the US are taking note.

March 23, 2022

Indonesia passes tolerance test over Holocaust museum

Indonesia is more than just the beaches of Bali, skyscrapers of Jakarta or coffee and clove fields of Java. It is also the fourth most-populous nation in the world, the home to more Muslims than any other country and a historic beacon of religious tolerance.

February 23, 2022

Houthis must not be allowed to poison Yemeni youths’ minds

The brazen missile attack on Abu Dhabi last week served as a reminder to the world that the Houthis pose a threat not just to the people of Yemen, but also to the broader stability of the Middle East and beyond. It is really a reminder no one should have needed.

January 26, 2022

Muslims need their own Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US on Monday, let us recall the words of this peerless and universal civil rights leader, who emphasized that “our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation.”

January 16, 2022

Why the Middle East should not give up on Biden

Much has been made in recent months about a weakened US, humbled by its setbacks in Afghanistan and distracted by internal turmoil, abandoning its allies in the Arab world, and leaving behind a region mired in confusion and turmoil.

December 28, 2021

A peaceful, happy holiday season for US Muslims, too

The US holiday season is defined by tradition, gratitude and family. It is a period to reflect on the blessings of life, celebrate communally with our neighbors, and spread the gifts of love and charity. No other time of year reminds us so strongly of our common faith and common fate.

November 19, 2021