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To our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world:
Peace be upon you!
On behalf of the Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam of the Order of Friars Minor, it gives me great pleasure once again to extend our greetings to you at the beginning of Ramadan. This is a holy time as you commemorate and celebrate God’s revelation of the Qur’an as a guide to humanity (al-Baqara 2.185).
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Inspired by the historical encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219, the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University seeks to promote an understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people.
The mission of CAIS comprises four main areas:
A LETTER TO:
"All brothers, sisters and friends of our Franciscan family, and all my Muslim sisters and brothers."
Br. Michael A. Perry, O.F.M.
Order of Friars Minor
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