Jesuit, master’s degree in biology, degree in Islamology. Parish priest in Ankara and president of the Union of Religious of Turkey; involved at various levels in inter-religious dialogue in Turkey.
After spending several years in Egypt and studying Arabic and Islamology, Fr. Jean-Marc Balhan, S.J., has been living in Ankara, Turkey, since 2001, where he works in the service of the Catholic Church and inter-religious dialogue.
A foreign Christian living in a Turkish and Muslim environment, he is attentive to what is happening there, and is concerned about mutual understanding despite the prejudices that inhabit both sides.
Source : Centres Sèvres
Not without others: recognition of others and unity in Christ – on the relationship between mission and dialogue
Article published in the missiology journal ZMR 106 (2022/1-4), double issue: “Evangelisation and Fraternity in the Plural World
Normativity of Holy Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
In Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the orientation towards “holy texts” is central. While in the past it was undisputed that these texts could be understood as directly given by God an...
Luther and Mohammed. Western European Protestantism and Islam (16th-18th centuries)
Publisher’s presentation Autumn 1611: while visiting France, a young Dutch Protestant student refines his knowledge of Arabic with a Muslim of Castilian origin he met in the Paris region. Tho...
Original Sin and the Qur’an
The present article addresses the common view that the Qur’an has no doctrine of original sin. It begins by defining original sin with attention to the Bible and Christian tradition. Thereafter the...
Education And Otherness: What are the Issues in a Context of Diversity?
In the era of the continuous call for the adoption of citizenship and living together (al Azhar declaration March 2017) and human brotherhood and common coexistence (Abu Dhabi document February 201...
Islam and Christianity: mutual views and challenges of otherness
In his book Soi-même comme un autre (Seuil 1990), the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005) builds his reflection on this 'as' which, according to him, allows us to escape from two harmful te...
Thinking Islam in Europe
Interview with Alberto F. Ambrosio, dominican friar, professor of Theology and Histpry of Religions at the Luxembourg School of Religion & Society. Reporter : Raphaël Georgy With the collabor...
Muslim-Christian Dialogue : the approach of the White Fathers
Involved in the Muslim world since its foundation by Bishop Charles Lavigerie in 1868, the Society of Missionaries of Africa, whose members are known as the White Fathers, has contributed to the em...