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From July 26 to July 7, the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development and the Center for Arab-West Understanding, jointly administered a highly successful intercultural summer school. The school was sponsored through the SGP party (Reformed Political Party) in the Netherlands, who support...
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen was born in Denmark in 1963. He is director of The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), situated in Cairo, Egypt. Skovgaard-Petersen advocates striving for mutual understanding between cultures in order to live in peaceful coexistence. According to him this...
Jacques Waardenburg is a Dutch emeritus professor and believes that most Muslim countries have great drawbacks, and that Muslims want and need to see values such as justice, security and democracy prevail. Regarding democracy, Waardenburg believes that, in principle, people should participate in...
David D. Grafton is a Lutheran pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and a scholar of both Christianity and Islam. As a scholar Dr. Grafton is explicitly involved in interfaith relations as a graduate of Christian theology and a professor of Islamic Studies. While serving as pastor...
Father van Nispen is a Jesuit priest, who is strongly involved in relationships with Islam. In the beginning of his priesthood he chose 'The service of reconciliation' to be his motto. In an interview with Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly on December 31, 1998, he clarified: "My interpretation of the term...
On February 11, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) board of directors issued a warning not to travel to Egypt for study and/or research. Our Center for Arab-West Understanding disagrees. The brutal murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni is a great tragedy, first of all for his family,...
Daniel van der Meulen (1894-1989) deeply influenced the choice of Cornelis Hulsman to focus his studies on Muslim-Christian relations. This text describes the life and work of Daniel van der Meulen.
We often hear about the radical statements and fatwás of Muslims and about uncompromising Christian or secular activists who can appeal to populist sentiments and mistrust of the ‘other’.
Editor: Cornelis Hulsman was asked to write the Vienna Community Church a congratulation on the occasion of their 55th anniversary of their establishment by late AWR board of advisors member Prof. Dr. Otto Meinardus. The text below was placed on the website of the VCC, http://members.aon.at/william...
Polemics are poison to interfaith relations. Unfortunately the salve of dialogue and cooperation often fails to make as wide an impression, leaving wary religious communities under the assumption of mutual opposition. Polemics reduces ambiguity and nuance, allowing the non-specialist citizen to...
Previously, I have written in Arab-West Report about people who have influenced me, such as former Dutch Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Daniel van der Meulen (1894–1989), who stimulated my interest in the Arab world and Muslim-Christian relations. Syrian-Orthodox Bishop, Samuel Aktash of the Tur...
Jayson Casper attends a talk given in Zamalek, Cairo by Imām Faisal ‘Abd al-Ra’ūf, an American Islamic scholar who calls for adherents to Islam to adapt to the culture of their home nation.
Rena Netjes is running as a candidate in the European Parliament elections on June 4. She visited the Arab-West Report office at the end of December to discuss her ideas and ambitions. In particular she focused on the need to improve relations and understanding between Europe and the Middle East.
In an interview with Watanī, Jesuit father Christian Van Nispen speaks about his life in Egypt, how Christians can accept others who have different beliefs and about his latest book ‘Christians and Muslims are brothers before God.’
Christians making claims without any evidence about Muslims ‘Abducting Christian girls for conversion. Critique on an Al-Ahrār article for the way it expresses anger for Israeli violence.
Dr Hulsman analyses the lecture of Pope Benedict, noting that the text showed that his lecture was unfortunate but the translation made it even worse. The report notes several translation mistakes from the original German text to English. The Arabic texts were then translations of the English....
Usāma al-Ghazoulī writes about the press conference held by the former prime minister of The Netherlands, Prof. Andreas Van Agt, during his short visit to Egypt.
Many western commentators in the past have tarnished the image of Islam, portraying it as a religion that propagates violence. However there were some ‘orientalists’ - such as the French historian, Gustave Le Bon and the French philosopher, René Guénon – who described Islam fairly.
Articles that show internal divisions among Egyptian Christians. Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius Laham strongly supports CIDT and AWR.
Christianity Today published a long article by Cornelis Hulsman about H.H. Pope Shenouda and Father Matta el-Meskeen, two major reformers in the contemporary Coptic Orthodox Church. The article is presented in this issue of the RNSAW with permission of Christianity Today. You will find here...

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