An-Najah University and Bethlehem Bible College Join Hands in Fourth Meeting of Palestinian Academic Alliance for Interfaith Dialogue
The Faculty of Sharia at An-Najah National University and Bethlehem Bible College successfully organized the fourth meeting of the Palestinian Academic Alliance for Interfaith Dialogue on Wednesday, April 23, 2023. The event aimed to deepen the understanding of the role of religious institutions in promoting civil peace, citizenship, and interfaith dialogue.
The event commenced with an insightful opening speech delivered by Prof. Jamal Al-Kilani, Dean of the Faculty of Sharia, who warmly welcomed the guests and emphasized the significance of solidarity in fostering a societal environment where righteousness, love, security, and peace can thrive.
Prof. Munther Isaac, the Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College, then took the floor and commended the efforts of the Academic Alliance in promoting interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence, highlighting the achievements attained so far.
The meeting was moderated by Dr. Amjad Abu El-Ezz, the founder of this noteworthy initiative. It featured two distinguished presentations delivered by Dr. Amer Judallah from the An-Najah’s Faculty of Sharia and Mr. Haitham Duaiq from Bethlehem Bible College.
Dr. Judallah's presentation, titled "The Foundations and Elements of Civil Peace and the Role of the Faculty of Sharia in Consolidating It," delved into the rules of civil peace in Islam and expounded on the crucial role that religions play in fostering unity and affection among different peoples.
Meanwhile, Mr. Duaiq's presentation, titled "Historical View of Muslim-Christian Coexistence," explored the pivotal role that Christian religious monuments have played in consolidating civil peace between Muslims and Christians. Both presentations were highly informative and thought-provoking, further underscoring the importance of interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence.
In addition to the presentations, the meeting also featured four in-depth discussion seminars between theology and Sharia students, expertly managed and supervised by professors from both universities. The participants engaged in lively and insightful discussions on the role of religious institutions in promoting civil peace. The seminars covered themes such as citizenship and the culture of dialogue, identity and religious discourse, and mechanisms of joint action, providing a comprehensive and nuanced exploration of the topic. The discussions were a testament to the power of interfaith dialogue and cooperation in promoting peace and harmony.