|A group is attempting to build a Muslim community center within blocks of the 9/11 attacks, in Lower Manhattan.|
The new community center is expected to be named the Cordoba House, in honor of the medieval Spanish city where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in peace and tolerance for nearly a millennium. The developers of this project are hoping to build a center that encourages peace, diversity, and reconciliation between people.
While the project has many supporters, it also has many detractors who criticize the construction of a Muslim community center so close to where the attacks took place.
During the Sept. 11th attacks, many faculty members and students from the New York Theological Seminary assisted with the effort in Lower Manhattan. Likewise, volunteers from NYTS served for long periods of time during the period after the attacks.