Tharwa Project

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The Tharwa Project, is a "Syrian NGO founded in 2004 to promote civil rights and minority rights in the Middle East. Tharwa is Arabic for “wealth”, and the organization’s motto – “Difference is Wealth” – reflects a concern for diversity: intellectual, ethnic, and religious. (Read the Tharwa Project’s Mission Statement.) Tharwa’s founder Ammar Abdulhamid is currently a fellow at the Brookings Institution and been profiled in the New York Times and Washington Post. The son of superstar Syrian actress Muna Wassef, Abdulhamid attended the University of Wisconsin and became a radical Islamist imam – before returning to Syria as a secular human rights activist. He is an expert on Middle Eastern minorities." [1]



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  1. About Us, Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance, accessed October 10, 2007.