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Arab Group for Muslim-Christian Dialogue
Prominent Arab Muslims and Christians-intellectuals, religious scholars, and people engaged in public life met together in Beirut in May 1995. The Middle East Council of Churches facilitated this meeting, and it resulted in founding The Arab Working Group on Muslim-Christian Dialogue. The group included members from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, the Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.
shared a firm belief in coexistence between Muslims and Christians in a society where freedom, justice, equality, and the rights of citizenship prevail.
the belief that peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian people is achievable, viable and necessary.
To work together in addressing internal concerns and in facing the external dangers that threaten the people, Muslims and Christians, of the one Arab homeland.
to achieve a society where regardless of religious belief people are entitled to freedom, justice and equality
people of faith, following the dictates of their respective beliefs, must form an alliance to fulfill their obligation toward their Arab nation and homeland, an alliance to help foster national unity and to strengthen a sense of belonging to one nation embracing all its citizens no matter their religious affiliations, helping them transcend confessional or clannish partisanship so that, all together, they might work for the nation as a whole.
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The organisation works at a national policy level as well as at a grassroots level in order to secure peace in Lebanon and the wider Middle East. An example of their work at the grassroots level is their annual summer camp for 18-30 year-olds. Other activities include regular publications and conferences aimed at reducing prejudice and promoting dialogue. Currently the group is focusing on work with Muslims and Christians in Lebanon, as well as working in Egypt where it address the potentially deteriorating relationship between Muslims and Coptic Christians. The organisation also believes in the importance of womens empowerment and places an emphasis on the role of women in the dialogue between Christians and Muslims. To help facilitate the role of women in discussions, the organisation provides women with skills training designed to assist them to engage effectively in dialogues.
dialogue, justice, NRC, website last update 2005
P.O.Box: 11-1536, Riad El Solh, Beirut 1107, 2080 Lebanon. Tel +9611869138