Jewish Scholar to Lead D.C. Think Tank

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 29, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The new head of a Washington think tank specializing in religion and public policy is a Jewish scholar who has specialized in Islamic history, the Washington Times reported.

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Hillel Fradkin, who becomes president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center this week, said programs on Muslims in society will be one of his priorities.

“My teachers were Muslims,” Fradkin said of his academic credentials. “The center wants to embrace some of these Muslim issues.”

Fradkin, who has been a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a vice president at the Bradley Foundation, said he envisions forums to let “fruitful” Muslim voices take on topics such as Islam and American democracy.

The center, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was a pioneer think tank in “focusing primarily on religion and ethics and public policy,” Fradkin told the Times.

Past presidents include George Weigel, who later wrote the authorized biography of John Paul II, “Witness to Hope.”

Fradkin holds degrees in government and Islamic thought from Cornell and the University of Chicago. He replaces Elliott Abrams, center president since 1996. Abrams joined the White House national security council as a human rights and religious liberty analyst.

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