I've just finished reading The Faith Club which chronicles the discussions among a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim after 9/11. It's an excellent read and very thought-provoking. I realized that I don't have any Muslim friends. I had friends and colleagues overseas with whom I enjoyed discussing religion, but I haven't kept in touch with them. I have MoBob but that's...different. On the other hand, I can think of six Jewish friends off the top of my head, two of whom I've known since high school. I'm sure I'll meet some Muslim kindred spirits here in DC but it is a little disconcerting that I've spent most of my professional life overseas working in countries with large Muslim populations and yet I can't say I have Muslim friends in the US.
At least I'm happily expanding my social life. Monday night we saw a friend of mine whom I met in Istanbul in 2002 when she worked for the Jerusalem office of our mutual employer. She looked fan-bloody-tastic. I love listening to her talk about her work and her interests, as she is a Palestinian Christian and is in the US on a special State Dept. program for media specialists and journalists from that region. Tuesday I lunched with the ever-fabulous Steve who was my favorite staff person from grad school. And today I finally met mokey4 and have made tentative weekend plans in Balto with congogirl and bananapouch.