Alumni Stories

Ranya Idliby (F’86)

Author, “The Faith Club”

Location: Barclay Hotel, New York City, during John Carroll Weekend 2009
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)
Ranya Idliby

At the age of 16, Idliby arrived at Georgetown from Dubai—already a “global citizen” who was born in Kuwait and had lived in London, the Middle East and outside of Washington, D.C. At Georgetown, she wrestled with issues of identity, home and parentage and embraced the notion of life-long learning.

Living in New York City when 9/11 happened, her first thought as a Muslim-American was of her children. She immediately reached out to Jewish and Christian mothers to start a children’s project regarding interfaith understanding. Quickly, the women realized that they needed to educate themselves first before they could teach the younger generation, and thus “The Faith Club” was born. Idliby’s eponymous book is a testament to the belief that “the only way we can really move forward is through dialogue.”

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The Faith Club

One response to “Ranya Idliby (F’86)”

  1. Mrs. Idliby, I am doing your “The Faith Club” book for my neighborhood book club this month and I would like to know what you are doing now, and since the publication of the book. I was sooooo impressed w/your bk. and the Faith Club — we NEED more women like you 3!!! Perhaps more mothers will become involved in faith-sharing. Our church, St. Ignatius had, as its New Year’s Eve service, a faith sharing evening – an inman opened the service w/a call to pray, and we had a Jewish couple come down from PA., the mayor & govenor spoke, beautiful music, etc.and, of course, the ‘Catholic side’ — a VERY moving evening, and we look forward to attending again this New Year’s Eve.

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