THE SEVENTH SARAJEVO UN WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK: The Future of Interfaith dialogue: Muslim-Christian Encounters through A Common Word.

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2019-02-07 7:02 PM

Country: Bosnia Herzegovina

+(387 33) 217-665, 217-670, 217-680

  • Organizer

    International Forum Bosnia's Centre for Interfaith Dialogue

  • Location

    FB meeting room (ul. Sime Milutinovića 10/III)

  • Email

    [email protected]

The programme continued on February 7 th with a public discussion on The Future of Interfaith dialogue: Muslim-Christian Encounters through A Common Word, eds. Yazid Said and Lejla Demiri, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), in the IFB meeting room (ul. Sime Milutinovića 10/III) at 18:00 hours. Muslim-Christian relations are crucial for the future of the world. They will only become even more important, as religious pluralism plays an increasing role in every sphere of life. The unacceptably poor state of relations between Muslims and Christians is often attributed to the sacred doctrines held by these complex global communities. In fact, the doctrinal core of their sacred traditions already contains the grounds for understanding religious pluralism as a gift from God. This was why, on October 13, 2007, 138 Muslim intellectuals addressed the world public, but particularly their Christian brothers, with A Common Word between You and Us. Their document sets forth the doctrinal basis for dialogue and for our shared responsibility for peace and order. It has led to an ongoing process of interfaith dialogue. The book that served as the occasion for this discussion includes essays on this process by 19 leading Muslim and Christian theologians, philosophers, and political scientists: Lejla Demiri, Tim Winter, Jonathan Kearney, Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Rowan Williams, Ingrid Mattson, Reuven Firestone, Sarah Snyder, Peter _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sarajevo, Sime Milutinovića 10, tel: +(387 33) 217-665, 217-670, 217-680, fax: +(387 33) 206-484, e-mail: [email protected] Admirand, Asma Afsaruddin, Daniel A. Madigan, Pim Valkenberg, Clare Amos, Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, Mustafa Abu Sway, Matthias Böhm, Amir Dastmalchian, Marianne Farina and Yazid Said. The panel discussing the book included leading Sarajevan intellectuals from each of the major religious traditions in the city, namely Prof. Samir Beglerović, Muslim philosopher and theologian, Jakob Finci, a renowned Jewish public intellectual and ecumenical activist, Prof. Ivo Marković, a Franciscan priest, philosopher, theologian and ecumenical activist, and Krsto Mijanović, a lay expert on Serbian Orthodox Christianity and a leading analyst of Bosnian religious pluralism. Prof. Asim Zubčević, an expert in Muslim culture in Bosnia and Chair of the IFB Centre for Interfaith Dialogue, chaired the discussion, which was followed by a question and answer session with the public. Key issues raised included the need for a chair of comparative religious studies and a chair of Judaic studies at the University of Sarajevo to promote the cooperation at a formal level of the intellectual leaders of the religious traditions in Bosnia and so promote interfaith dialogue at the level where future religious leaders are trained, in the theological faculties and seminaries. The next event was a public discussion on Lejla Nakaš' new book Paratextuality in mediaeval Bosnian literature (Sarajevo: Forum Bosnae, 2018). The event took place at the International Forum Bosnia meeting room (ul. Sime Milutinovića 10/III) at 18:00 hours, on Friday, February 8th, 2019.