The Abraham Path Initiative (API) is a nonprofit organization established to develop walking trails for tourists to learn about and enjoy the peoples and cultures of Southwest Asia (the Middle East). Since 2007, API has worked with local partners create over 2000 miles of scenic trails in Turkey, Jordan, Palestine, Sinai, and Iraq, providing economic benefits to local communities and opportunities for walkers to have positive intercultural encounters. Since the Coronavirus crisis of 2020, API has introduced people from around the world to the people, landscapes, and storied cities of Southwest Asia through webinars and live, online tours. Our commitment to catalyzing appreciation for this complex area of our planet is shaped by respect for the widespread traditions of hospitality and kindness to strangers, as exemplified by the legendary Ibrahim/Abraham, a spiritual ancestor of over half of humanity, and the regional residents who honor his memory and traditions.

Anisa Mehdi

Executive Director, Abraham Path Initiative