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Vartan Gregorian: From Immigrant to Leading Philanthropist

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Gregorian published Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith, in which he sought to demonstrate the great diversity and divisions within the Muslim world.

In 2003, already at the head of the Carnegie Corporation, Gregorian published Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith, in which he sought to demonstrate the great diversity and divisions within the Muslim world. The book was a rebuttal of the idea, promoted by the political scientist Samuel P. Huntington and others, that after the end of the Cold War, the world’s main future conflicts would be between Islamic totalitarianism and the rest of civilization.

A public intellectual who spoke seven languages and readily dispensed bear hugs as a form of emotional support, Gregorian avoided involvement in politics. But he had a deep appreciation for the weight of history on the present.

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In 2009 Gregorian published an open, would-be letter from President Obama to the Iranian leadership. The letter mixes Obama’s characteristic cultural sensitivity with an apology for the CIA’s involvement in 1953 overthrow of Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, thanks Iran for condemning the 9/11 attacks, and makes a conciliatory request for the abandonment of nuclear enrichment. [https://web.archive.org/web/20160701203406/http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2009/05/vartan-gregorian-to-obama-send-a-message.html]

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