2007 – Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl

Coleman Barks

The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding

After Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered in 2002, his family and friends came together to work toward a more humane world.  The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding featuring Akbar Ahmed and Judea Pearl grew from Professors Pearl and Ahmed’s shared belief that reconciliation between Abrahamaic faiths can be achieved through frank and respectful dialogue. For these highly personal, yet public, national and international dialogues, Professors Ahmed and Pearl were awarded the first annual “Purpose Prize” in 2006, honoring people over age 60 who have taken on society’s biggest challenges.