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null Newsletter n°3 – May 2006

And here is our third Newsletter!

Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear participants,

This is the third newsletter, sent to all registered users. In this edition, we particularly draw your attention to the report on the workshop held in March at Beirut, and to the updated information on our international conference being held this summer.

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What’s going on at workshop at Beirut

On March 10, 2006, held a workshop on the topic of “The Use of (Holy) Scriptures in Conflict Resolution”, co-organised with our local partner, the
Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue at Beirut. The workshop brought together more than 40 scholars, representatives of International Organisations and NGO’s, students, as well as the members of the international board, which held its yearly meeting the following days at the same location.
On the occasion of the annual meeting of its international board, held indeed a regional workshop on the topic of “the Use of (Holy) Scriptures in Conflict Resolution” at Beirut, Lebanon, on March 10, 2006. This workshop was organised in close cooperation between the secretariat and its Lebanese partner institution, the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue FDCD, an NGO specialising in conflict resolution and dialogue related matters. The workshop was held at the conference facilities of the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in the centre of Beirut. In three subsequent sessions, the workshop addressed both the descriptive and the normative aspects of the topic, focussing respectively on the Muslim and the Christian perspectives regarding the use of their religious scriptures. More than 40 participants active in the academic, the civil society and the religious leadership realm, as well as from International Organisations and NGO’s, including the Minister of culture of the Lebanon, Dr. Tarek Mitri, attended the workshop. Nine participants were members of the international board and the secretariat staff.
Scholars and peacebuilding practitioners from both the Muslim and the Christian communities contributed with keynote speeches or with comments to the workshop. The speakers were: H.E. Dr. Tarek Mitri, Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour, Mr. Ousama Safa, Prof. Abbas Al-Halabi, Dr. Wajih Kanso, Dr. Issa Diab, Dr. George Massouh, Prof. Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar, Prof. Heidi Hadsell, and Prof. George Sabra.

Please consult the report on the event for more in-depth summaries of both the contributions and the discussions. The report can be accessed

comprehensive report on this event can now be found on the website. 3rd International Conference, August 2006

From August 27 to 31, 2006, will hold its international conference at Huissen, near Arnhem, the Netherlands. The conference will focus on the topic of “Fundamentalism and Ethics”. In January, a worldwide Call for Papers was launched with good response. In four parallel sections, participants will present and discuss papers dealing each with particular aspects of the conference theme. Six keynote addresses will tackle some of the most important questions, relating to, among others, the notion of fundamentalism, fundamentalism and religion, or fundamentalism and pluralism. The
programme of the conference is now finalised and can be found in its current version on the website.
The keynote speakers are: Prof. Nancy T. Ammerman (Boston, USA), Prof. Veit Bader (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dr. Nigel Dower (Aberdeen, Great Britain), Prof. Muhammad Machasin (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), Prof. Ahmad Moussalli (Beirut, Lebanon [to be confirmed]), Dr. Guillermo Hansen (Buenos Aires, Argentina).



Online working groups intends to further develop the activities of its eight working groups, to be found on the website. In particular, the working group entitled “Ethics and Conservatism/Fundamentalism” will be active in the near future in preparing the international conference of August 2006. If you are interested in contributing to these activities, please join the working group of your interest by either clicking on “join” or on “request” on the corresponding site. The groups will be happy about all your contributions.


Our Kenyan partner publisher, Acton Press, recently released a book written by Aquiline Tarimo, entitled Applied Ethics and Africa's Social Reconstruction. Interested participants may order copies of the volume directly through Acton Press, using the following link:
At the Geneva secretariat, a few copies of the first volume in the series, “Responsible Leadership. Global Perspectives”, are still available.
Please order them by e-mail: Please note that
selected chapters of the book are accessible on our website

Call for paper

A Call for Papers for the 2nd Global Conference on Hope – Probing the Boundaries was launched.
Date of the conference: September 18 to September 20, 2006
Place: Mansfield College, Oxford, Great Britain
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 2nd June 2006. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 1st September 2006.
Find more information on our website’s section on Calls for papers.


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4) From the list now appearing, please choose the topics you are working on which or you are interested in.

The next newsletter will be sent to you not later than July 10, 2006.

With all best wishes and kindest regards,

yours sincerely,

Jean-Daniel Strub Executive Coordinator

Geneva, May 29, 2006