Religious Freedom in Civil Religious Dialogue
This report is part of the “Civil-religious dialogue on religious freedom” project that aims at contributing to the deepening of religious reflection and discourse about religious freedom, to fostering mutual understanding and emulation in view of building a shared narrative around the issue and its correlated topics between religious and secular thought. The project took for starting point the valuing of the already existing Islamic and Christian religious initiatives in this regard, especially reference texts about religious freedom issued in the past decades by religious authorities, namely the Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom issued by the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association, the Declaration on Freedoms published by Al-Azhar and the Declaration on Religious Freedom issued by the Catholic Church in the second Vatican Council. The project was also founded on a methodology of dialogue between academics and experts in philosophy, politics, law and social sciences on the one hand and Islamic and Christian religious scholars on the other hand, placing civil and religious reflection next to each other instead of vis-à-vis each other in confrontation, with the aim that this proximity and in depth dialogue would redefine and identify problematics to be taken into account regarding religious freedom in both the academic and religious discourse.
A book in Arabic representing the acts of the seminar will be published, and this report in English contains the summary of the book, an account of the discussions that have taken place within the seminar that gathered the civil and religious experts, and new perspectives that this dialogue was able to open for further research and discussion.