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The Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, University of Balamand, Lebanon 

The University of Balamand (Lebanon) was established in 1988 and it belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. The university sees itself based on the moral foundations of knowledge and adheres to the human and spiritual values that have distinguished the Levant. The University seeks for scientific contributions to the values of tolerance, and the brotherhood of humanity. For this purpose, the university founded the Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue in September 2016. It is named after the current United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. The center has its focus on Christian-Muslim relations and intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

The overriding objective of the center is to delve into intercultural affairs, as Lebanon has always been a place of coexisting of and heavy tensions between different faiths and cultures. Especially the periods of sectarian wars led to the necessity of intercultural dialogue, based on academic research and discourse.

The basics of the center’s programs are the Arabic culture, which involves the study of the Arabic language and literature, the Islamic Civilization, the role of the Arab-Christian Community in developing the Arabic culture in its different periods. The center ensures that Masters and Doctoral Degrees are offered that reflect its areas of special interest. The center is going to provide trainings and specialized workshops on topics such as diversity, intercultural sensitivity, conflict mitigation, resolution and transformation, transitional justice and peace building and peace education.

The Sheikh Nahyan Center focuses on the Arab World and its relations to the rest of the world, in particular the West, as well as to Asian cultures, especially those of Southeast Asia. The center intends to promote tolerance and understanding. Therefore, it supports seminars, conferences and scientific interfaith projects such as Key Concepts in Interreligious Dialogue (KCID) of the Chair for Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen/Nuremberg (Germany). The center has also signed memoranda of understanding and cooperation with a number of centers and think tanks in the Middle East and around the globe.


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Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Founded in 1743, FAU has a rich history. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with 39,780 students, 265 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including over 579 professors), 199.64 million euros third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.

FAU’s outstanding research and teaching is reflected in top positions in both national and international rankings, as well as the high amount of DFG funding which its researchers are able to secure.

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19. -20.May 2016, Workshop The Concept of Human Being in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“Eugen-Biser-Foundation

21.-22. Juli 2016, Workshop „The Concept of Revelation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“Eugen-Biser-Foundation

15.-16. Dezember 2016, Fachtagung „The Concept of Human Rights  in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“, Hanns-Seidel-Foundation e.V.

10.-12. Mai 2017, Fachtagungen „The Concept of Freedom and the Concept of Justice in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“Hanns-Seidel-Foundation e.V.

27.-29. September 2017, Fachtagungen „The Concept of Faith and the Concept of Truth in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“Staedtler Foundation, Evangelical Church in Germany 

18.-20. April 2018, Workshop „The Concept of Scripture and the Concept of Doctrine in Judaism, Christianity and Islam“ Evangelical Church in Germany