Doha: Representatives of the world's three largest religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism, will meet here today to take part in a conference on inter-faith dialogue.
The fifth edition of the three-day event will see the participation of about 150 religious leaders from across the world.
The gathering will follow up on the recommendations of the last conference in 2006 which had announced the foundation of the first ever centre for religious dialogue in the Gulf region to be based in Doha.
The centre would bring together representatives of the three main religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism and become a focus for religious experts, academicians and preachers from across the world.
Today's gathering may kick off the establishment of the centre and its activation.
Prof Aisha Al Mannai, Dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University and the conference's organiser, will inaugurate the event. Among the speakers of the opening ceremony will be Prof Ahmad Mohammad Al Tayeb, President of Al Azhar University, Egypt, George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Rabbi Rene S. Sirat, Unesco's Chair of the Knowledge Exchange between Religions, France.
Shaikh Mohammad Al Habib Belkhoja of Saudi Arabia will kick off a session on Common spiritual values and their impact on peaceful co-existence.
Prof Saed Harib, from UAE, will moderate a debate on Mysticism.