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The fourth international PLURIEL congress, scheduled for 4 to 7 February 2024 in Abu Dhabi, is an important opportunity to examine in depth the impact and prospects of the Document on Human Fraternity, signed five years ago by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad al-Tayib. This conference builds upon previous conferences, such as “Islam in the Plural” in 2016, “Islam and Belongings” in 2018, and “Islam and Otherness” in 2022, which have brought together researchers specialising in various areas of Islamology.
The central theme of this congress is the impact of the Document on Human Fraternity on the coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the world, as well as future prospects. The primary goal is to assess the reception of this document on its fifth anniversary and to explore the transformations needed to promote universal human brotherhood in the social, political and theological fields.
The congress will feature three main areas of analysis, fostering synergies and exchanges between them. These axes will make it possible to explore the various dimensions and challenges inherent in the promotion of human fraternity, and to engage in in-depth reflection within a multidisciplinary framework.
1. The socio-legal theme will examine the issue of full citizenship in multicultural and multi-religious societies, with particular emphasis on the legal protection of religious minorities. The aim will be to assess good practice as well as concerns relating to freedom of religion and the recognition of minority rights.
2. Geopolitics will examine the role of religion and ideology in current conflicts. It will seek to identify positive examples of processes aimed at countering religious extremism and intolerance. It will also explore how governments and international organisations can engage religious actors in promoting common goals such as sustainable development, human rights and peace.
3. The theological-dialogical axis explores the theological reflection prompted by the Document on Human Fraternity. It questions how Christians and Muslims are rethinking their understanding of brotherhood and mission in response to this ideal of inclusive brotherhood. This raises questions about traditional interpretations, the term ‘fraternity’ and its religious significance. How can Christianity and Islam develop a notion of brotherhood that encompasses all humanity?
The entire congress is translated simultaneously into French, English and Arabic.
Registration will open in 2023.
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Cultural visits are included in the conference programme.
As part of its 4th international Congress on Islam and Fraternity in Abu Dhabi, the scientific committee of PLURIEL is offering scholarships to students who wish to attend the congress. Each awarded scholarship will cover the cost of flight, registration fees, and accommodation (4 nights), up to a maximum limit of €1200. Any amount exceeding this limit will be the responsibility of the students.
Candidates will be selected based on their participation in the webinar organized by the scientific committee on October 27th at 3:00 PM, focusing on the challenges of universal fraternity. During the webinar, three researchers, Laurent Basanese, Franziska Honsowitz-Friessnigg, and Wael Saleh, will present their analyses of the challenges of universal fraternity according to the three axes of the Congress. Presentations will be conducted in three different languages: English, Arabic, and French.
Students who wish to be selected for the Abu Dhabi Congress must submit a concise analysis of the arguments presented by the speakers during the webinar.
The following instructions should be followed for preparing the document:
Format. The research dossier must adhere to the following criteria:
Deadline. The deadline for submitting the work is November 17, 2023.
Please send the document to email@example.com
We encourage students to draw on the knowledge acquired during the webinar, as well as conduct additional research, to present a clear, well-argued, and original analysis. The submitted documents will be evaluated by the scientific committee of PLURIEL, which will select the candidates who will receive scholarships to attend the Abu Dhabi congress. The committee will meet on December 4, 2023, to review the dossiers. The results of the selection will be communicated to the candidates via email.
Below is the evaluation grid for the research dossiers.
We appreciate your interest in our congress and encourage you to participate in the webinar for an opportunity to receive a scholarship and attend this international scientific event.
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