Crawling Out from Under the Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

There are already engaged Lebanese academics and artists, iconoclasts, and they are making a difference, but more need to engage beyond their classrooms, books and academic journals, and ‘ateliers’, to be in the act of researching people, themselves, the dynamics of oppression and the politics of social interactions and injustices, to become aware of the people’s often unknowingly complicit in the process of oppression, to create knowledge in and through meaningful participation and action with others, to bring people together and contribute to finding reasons of solidarity, to transform boundaries into spaces where lives and pedagogies are constructed together in ways that work for social justice and lead to powerful possibilities, and where dialogic and open-ended praxis based on more collaborative and caring relationships is promoted. Continue reading Crawling Out from Under the Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture Interreligious Dialogue Regional Curriculum in the Arab World – March 26, 2021 Webinar

We were honored to discuss our course outline Dr. Nadia Wardeh and I with our esteemed colleagues in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Qatar. Higher education in Southwestern Asia is in need of innovative regional curricula that promote dialogue towards conviviality and inclusive societies. Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture March 26, 2021 Webinar. Continue reading Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture Interreligious Dialogue Regional Curriculum in the Arab World – March 26, 2021 Webinar

“Interreligious Dialogue in the Middle East: the Case of Lebanon” Course at Saint Joseph University – Beirut – March 2021

Thanking my students from Germany and Spain for making it worthwhile to introduce them to interreligious dialogue in Lebanon while the country is collapsing. To Maria, Lucia, Hannah, Joris, Leonard, Charlotte, Nikolaus, Ludwig, Nathan, Jacob, Guillermo and Eleni: you definitely encouraged me to keep struggling for conviviality. I hope this course inspired you to learn … Continue reading “Interreligious Dialogue in the Middle East: the Case of Lebanon” Course at Saint Joseph University – Beirut – March 2021

دار الكلمة الجامعية تعقد مؤتمرا حول مناهج تربوية مختصة بالتعددية وحوار الاديان Maannews

بيت لحم- معا- عقدت أمس كلية دار الكلمة الجامعية للفنونِ والثقافة في بيت لحم مؤتمرها الاقليمي الأول لمناقشة أبحاث علمية تعمل على تطويرِ مناهجَ تدريسية تربوية مُختصة بالتعدديِة وحوار الأديان والثقافات.وشارك في المؤتمر أكثر من 25 من رجال الدين المسلمين والمسيحيين، والعلماء والأكاديميين العرب المتخصصين بالمناهجِ التربوية ومن حَمَلة درجة الدكتوراة وما بعدها، والذين أعدَوا … Continue reading دار الكلمة الجامعية تعقد مؤتمرا حول مناهج تربوية مختصة بالتعددية وحوار الاديان Maannews

Education to Interreligious Dialogue in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine – November 28, 2020 Webinar

Successful first webinar organized by Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture. Nadia Wardeh and I presented the results of our research. Stay tuned for more!بمشاركة نخبة من العلماء والأكاديميين من لبنان والاردن وفلسطين، عقدت الأمس جامعة دار الكلمة مؤتمرها الإقليمي الاول عبر الفضاء الإلكتروني لمناقشة أبحاث تعمل على تطوير مناهج تدريسية مختصة بالتعددية … Continue reading Education to Interreligious Dialogue in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine – November 28, 2020 Webinar

Crawling Out from Under Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

How and why did we let ourselves be continuously buried under rubble? Without implicating ourselves in entrenching the Orientalist caricatures of Southwestern Asian societies as incapable of self-government, there are questions to be asked about quietist and conformist tendencies, about the ostrich-like behavior and the zombie attitude. These questions do not lend themselves to easy … Continue reading Crawling Out from Under Rubble: On Becoming Iconoclasts

Call for Papers – The 6th International Conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”

Introduction Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK) and the Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW) are organizing their sixth international conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa” in October 2020. This conference builds on the 2019 “Towards Inclusive Societies” conference, the recommendations … Continue reading Call for Papers – The 6th International Conference on “Higher Education Towards Inclusive Societies in the Middle East and North Africa”