More than 150 scholars from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths are expected for the Fifth Doha Conference of Inter-Faith Dialogue which begins today at the Marriott Hotel.
The topic of the three-day event, which would see participants from different countries, is the spiritual dimension of faith and co-existence of human societies.
The opening session begins at 7pm with Qatar University’s College of Shariah and Islamic Studies dean Prof Aishaa Yousef al-Mannai as moderator.
The speakers are Prof Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb (President, Al-Azhar University, Egypt), Bishop George Saliba (Archbishop of Orthodox, Surrealism of Mount of Lebanon, Lebanon), Rabbi Rene S Sirat (Unesco Chair of the Knowledge Exchange between Religions, France).
The first session tomorrow, on Complexity of Issues in Interfaith Dialogue, will have Prof Ahemd Taleb al-Ibrahimi from Algeria as moderator.
The speakers are Prof Soufy H Abou Taleb, Egypt (Dialogue and its Dilemmas), Dr Raquel Ukeles, US (Fundamentalism that reject Dialogue), Dr Fawzia al-Ashmawi, Switzerland (Muslim Women and the West), Joseph Cumming, US (Dilemma of the Divine unity and human diversity), and Prof Ali al-Samman, Egypt (Image of Islam in the West).
The discussions and dialogue that follows will be moderated by Dr Yousuf M al-Sidiqi, Qatar.
The second session is on Common Spiritual Values and their impact on Peaceful Co-Existence. The moderator is Sheikh Mohamed Al-Habeeb Belkhoja, Saudi Arabia.
The speakers are Dr Youhanna Golta, Egypt (Behavioural manifestations of spiritual dimensions of faith), Prof Mohamed Mustafa Azzam, Morocco (Spiritual Unity and Human Communication Perspectives), Dr Bill Sachs, US (Spirituality of religious rituals as a foundation for interfaith understanding), Rabbi Douglas Krantz, US (Searching for religious souls as a foundation for interfaith understanding), Prof Hussam al-Deen Farfoor, Syria (Spiritual Co-Existence as a basis for Cultural and Civilisational Co-operation).
The ensuing discussions and dialogue are to be moderated by Steven Cohen from the US.
On Wednesday, the programme will begin with the third session, Mysticism the Spirit of Revealed Religions, having Prof Saeed Harib from the UAE as moderator.
The speakers are Dr Souad al-Hakim, Lebanon (Judeo-Christian Flavour in Sufism, The Model of Ibn Arabi), John Taylor, US (Religious Spirituality and Dialogue), Jerald Whitehouse, Venezuela (Mysticism the Spirit of Revealed Religions, Christian Perspective), Rabbi David Lazar, US (Mysticism the Spirit of Revealed Religion, Jewish Perspective).
The discussions and dialogue will be moderated by Dr Mohamed Ben Breika from Algeria.
The fourth and final Session, on Practical Recommendations for a Spiritual Communication among religions, will have Dr Karl W Ernest, US, as moderator.
The speakers are Jacob Bandar, US (Islamic-Jewish Dialogue and Values of Peace), Fr Vitorio Yanari, Italy (Mary- Isaac, a Saint from Qatar), Mohamed Mudather Ali, Pakistan (Spiritual Communication among Religions, The Model of Nizamuddin Auwlia).
The discussions and dialogue will be moderated by Dr Zahra al-Deen from China.