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Friday 16 August 2019

Moroccan Academics Participate in Meetings on Interfaith Dialogue at Georgetown University

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Moroccan Academics Participate in Meetings on Interfaith Dialogue at Georgetown University

A group of Moroccan academics and researchers have recently participated in a series of scientific meetings on inter-religious dialogue in the USA, organized by the Center for the Study of Religions through Civilizations (SORAC) at Georgetown University in Washington.

The three-week event, marked by visits to academic and religious institutions in Washington, Baltimore and New York, is part of SORAC's scientific program under the supervision of Paul L. Heck, professor of Theology at Georgetown University.

In a statement to MAP, Checklekbir Malainine, professor of Economics and Management at Sultan Moulay Slimane University in Beni Mellal, said that this scientific program has provided an opportunity for a fruitful exchange on issues related to, among other things, culture and religion with US theological specialists from an academic perspective.

There is a human as well as strategic need to strengthen coexistence and dialogue among nations and peoples and to address the causes of tensions, he said, adding that in reality, "civilizations are made to complement each other and not to oppose each other, because there is no contradiction between religious and universal values".

In this regard, Malainine noted that the common values and principles of monotheistic religions aspire to bringing people together, far from the theories that seek to promote antagonism and the clash of civilizations.

The Centre for the Study of Religions through Civilizations was launched in 2008 with the aim of creating a partnership between Georgetown University and Mohammed V University in Rabat on the study of religions. Since then, SORAC has offered several exchange programs that bring together Moroccan and US students and researchers as part of an intercultural study of religion.

MAP 15 August 2019