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The Forum with Mohammed Al Samawi

August 25, 2019

9:30 am

The interfaith activist and refugee from Yemen on his autobiography The Fox Hunt, which recounts his harrowing escape from a brutal civil war and his work to promote dialogue between Muslims, Jews and Christians.

In partnership with Congregation Emanu-El and San Francisco Interfaith Council.



About the guest

Mohammed Al Samawi is an interfaith activist, a refugee from Yemen and the author of the autobiography The Fox Hunt. Mohammed’s personal journey led him from harboring a deep suspicion of other faiths to becoming a peace advocate. A critical powerful encounter with a teacher challenged him to learn about the Bible and Judaism, rerouting him from a path of likely violence. Mohammed’s journey to interfaith commitment ultimately saved his life, when four years ago four American strangers helped rescue him from extreme groups in Yemen. This work is far from finished. Mohammed remains committed to the exchange of core values that define our religious traditions and hopes to advance this work through his interfaith organization the Abrahamic House to build sustainable interfaith learning and action across Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in order to foster an environment of learning, respect, and social change. Fox 2000, La La Land producer Marc Platt and Josh Singer, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Spotlight, are developing the movie The Fox Hunt, based on Mohammed’s autobiography.

About The Fox Hunt

Watch how man reunites with interfaith group who saved his life

About the host

The Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King is the Executive Pastor and Canon for Social Justice for Grace Cathedral.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, investors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


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