An-Najah's Faculty of Islamic Law in cooperation with Bethlehem Bible College recently launched the Palestinian Academic Alliance for Interfaith Dialogue. The initiation of the idea came from Dr. Amjad Abu El-Ezz, Lecturer at the Political Science Department of An-Najah's Faculty of Economics and Social Studies.
Dr. Abu El-Ezz mentioned that the initiative is the first of its kind in Palestine and aims to promote civil peace in Palestine by creating real opportunities for communication between academics in Islamic law and theology to work together on changing misperceptions on both sides, strengthening brotherhood and rejecting extremism and racism, and creating a solid foundation for discussing fundamental ideas of interest to Christianity and Islam.
Dr. Jamal Al-Kilani, Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Law at An-Najah talked about the concept of interfaith dialogue in general and from an Islamic perspective. He stressed the importance of holding such events with the aim of rejecting violence, ethnic, racial discrimination, and terrorism.
In turn, Dr. Munther Isaac, the Academic Dean at Bethlehem Bible College thanked An-Najah University for hosting the event. He pointed out that there is an urgent need to open channels of communication between members of the same community at a time when religion is exploited for political reasons and spreading discrimination. He added: "the challenge before us is how to contribute, as academics in theology and Sharia, in spreading a culture of peace, justice, civil peace and renounce extremism and racism. "
The forum resulted in a number of recommendations, most important of which is forming a committee to draft the internal system and structure of the initiative. Participants also agreed on a number of themes and topics of discussion for the next meeting that will be held at Bethlehem Bible College.
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