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Religious Spaces in Lebanon

Extracts from the foreword by Louis Boisset s.j., Holder of the Unesco Chair of Comparative Studies of Religions, Mediation and Dialogue, USJ and Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Religious Sciences at Saint Joseph University

The present volume opens the publications “Religious Spaces of Lebanon”.
The objective of the series is to approach the religious fact in Lebanon according to the diversity of its geographical, historical, social and cultural components, based on the complementary methods of the human sciences.

As for the publication, which is supposed to be the first link of a collection of essays or books, it aims at four functions
– a historical introduction, recalling the characteristics of the communities ;
– a manifesto, underlining the richness of cross-cutting approaches, according to the title of one of the parts of the book;
– an essay on Beirut municipe, the first draft of a standard publication of the collection;
– a test, the results of which will help consolidate the format of the books, format, typography, illustration.

The articles are written for the occasion or are taken from communications given during a double training seminar on the multidisciplinary study of religious facts in 2003 in Beirut and in 2004 in Lyon (France), supported by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

Our thanks go to the Research Council of the USJ, which continues to encourage and support the project.

Lebanon, by its modest dimensions and the diversity of events that weave its history, is a place; by its shared territories, its destiny of darkness and dawn, it is a space. Religions found it at the same time as they transcend it towards a fugitive city of communion.

Extraits de l’avant-propos de Louis Boisset s.j., Titulaire de la Chaire Unesco d’Etudes comparées des religions, de la médiation et du dialogue, USJ et Doyen honoraire de la Faculté des Sciences Religieuses de l’Université Saint-Joseph

Le présent volume ouvre les publications “Espaces religieux du Liban”.
L’objectif de la série est une approche du fait religieux au Liban selon la diversité de ses composantes géographiques, historiques, sociales et culturelles, appuyée sur les méthodes complémentaires des sciences humaines.

Quant à la présence publication, supposée être le premier maillon d’une collection d’essais ou d’ouvrages, elle vise quatre fonctions:
– une introduction historique, rappelant les caractéristiques des communautés ;
– un manifeste, soulignant la richesse d’approches croisées, selon le titre de l’une des parties de l’ouvrage ;
– un essai sur Beyrouth municipe, avant-projet d’une publication type de la collection ;
– un test, dont les résultats permettront de consolider la maquette des ouvrages, format, typographie, illustration.

Les articles sont rédigées pour la circonstance ou reprennent des communications données au cours d’un double séminaire de formation à l’étude pluridisciplinaire des faits religieux en 2003 à Beyrouth et en 2004 à Lyon (France), soutenu par l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.

Nos remerciements vont au Conseil de la Recherche de l’USJ qui ne cesse d’encourager et de soutenir le projet.

Le Liban, par ses dimensions modestes et la diversité des événements qui tissent son histoire, est un lieu ; par ses territoires partagés, son destin de ténèbres et d’aurore, il est un espace. Les religions le fondent en même temps qu’elles le transcendent vers une fuyante cité de communion.

مقتطفات من مقدمة الأب لويس بواسيه اليسوعي رئيس كرسي اليونسكو لدراسة الأديان المقارنة والوساطة والحوار في جامعة القديس يوسف، والعميد الفخري لكلية العلوم الدينية في جامعة القديس يوسف.

يُطلِقُ هذا العدد سلسلة منشورات “الأماكن الدينيّة في لبنان”.

يتمثّلُ هدف هذه السلسلة بمقاربة الحدث الدينيّ في لبنان بحسب تنوّع مكوّناته الجغرافيّة والتاريخيّة والاجتماعيّة والثقافية وبالاستناد إلى طرائق مكمّلة للعلوم الإنسانيّة.

أمّا هذا العدد المفترض أن يشكّلَ الحلقة الأولى بمجموعة مقالات أو أعمال فيستهدفُ أربع وظائف:
مقدّمة تاريخيّة تستعرض خصائص المجتمعات المحلّية؛
بيان يسلّط الضوء على غنى المقاربات المتقاطعة بحسب عنوان أحد أجزاء العدد؛
مقال حول مدينة بيروت، يشكّل مسودّة أولّية لنموذج المنشورات الواردة في المجموعة؛
اختبار تسمحُ نتائجُه بترسيخ هيكليّات الأعمال وتنسيقها وطباعتها ورسومها التوضيحية.

إنّ المقالات كُتبت خصيصاً لهذه المناسبة أو اقتبست من مداخلات أُلقيت في خلال ندوات تدريبيّة تعدُّ لدراسة الأحداث الدينية المتعددة التخصصات أجريت في بيروت في العام 2003 وفي ليون (فرنسا) في العام 2004 بدعم من الوكالة الجامعية للفرنكوفونية.

نخصُّ بالشكر مجلس جامعة القدّيس يوسف للبحوث الذي يواصل تشجيع المشروع ودعمه.

إنّ لبنان بأبعاده المتواضعة وتنوّع الأحداث التي تنسجُ تاريخه يشكّلُ مساحةً، وبأراضيه المشتركة وقدره المطبوع بالظلام والفجر يشكِّل مكاناً. فالأديان تؤسّسه وترفعه ليغدو مدينة تعاون ومشاركة عابرة.

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