Adyan is a Lebanese foundation for interreligious studies and spiritual solidarity, founded in 2006. Through three pillars: the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management, the Adyan Community and the Media Department, Adyan implements its different cultural, educational, social, and spiritual programs.

Why the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management?


In a global context marked by the rise of religious diversity and the complex relation between religion and public life on the one hand, and in a regional Middle-Eastern context marked by violent extremism and conflicts related to religious discourse and communitarian narratives on the other hand, theInstitute aims:

  • To contribute to the production of critical and well-grounded reflection, participation and resources for the management of religious diversity in the public sphere.  
  • To build capacities of youth, educators, social and religious leaders in peace-building and promoting intercultural and interreligious understanding and cooperation on local and global levels.

The Thematic Areas We Cover


We work on education for citizenship that is inclusive of cultural and religious diversity, and on faith-based and interfaith education on public values. We also work on the development of educational resources for peace and resilience in conflict and post-conflict societies.


We work on the relation of religion to public life, in the professional, civic and political fields, from ethical, cultural, social, historical, legal and spiritual perspectives. We give special attention to political participation in plural contexts, and to the study of religious extremism.


  • Interreligious and Intercultural Relations

From theological, methodological and practical perspectives, we work on the question of religious and cultural diversity, and on intercultural and interreligious relations, making from reflection in dialogue a tool for a renewed understanding.

Our Current Programs


  • Religion and Public Affairs in Lebanon Certificate (Face to Face program- Arabic language)
  • Leaders for Interreligious Understanding Program (Euro-Arab online program –English language)
  • Islam, Diversity and Peacebuilding Program (online and Face to Face program- Arabic and English language)



We offer certified Training for Trainers (TOT), Training for Educators (TFE), and Training for young leaders and for diplomats, on the local, regional and international levels, in Arabic, English and French languages.



We provide the space for networking among experts, conducting joint researches in a multidisciplinary approach. We run 3 types of research:

-          Research for Educational Curricula and programs in formal and non-formal education

-          Research in the form of seminars and conferences on Religions and Public Affairs

-          Research in theology, religious issues and interreligious themes


Consultancy and Policy Making

We offer consultancy on the Institute’s thematic areas to public and private authorities and institutions, to media bodies, to researchers and authors.

We also provide support and contribute to developing strategies, in Private and Public Policies. In Lebanon, the Institute contributed to the reform of education on Citizenship and Coexistence in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Center for Educational Research and Development.


From Austria

Prof. Wolfram Reiss (2012-2013)
  • PhD, Professor of Comparative Religions
  • Chair of the Study of Religion at Department of Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Vienna

From Denmark

Dr. Birgitte Schepelern Johansen (2012-2013)

  • PhD in Sociology of Religion and Minority Studies
  • Assistant Professor/Adjunct at the Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (2011-2012)

  • PhD, Professor of Islamic Studies
  • Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
  • Former Head of Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) in Cairo (Egypt)

Prof. Vibeke Vindeløv (2013-2014)

  • PhD, Professor of Law
  • Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, CORA Centre for Public Regulation and Administration
  • Visiting Professor at Wangari Maathaai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), Nairobi University (Kenya)

Dr. Niels Valdemar Vinding (2013- ongoing)

  • Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies,Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Carlsberg Foundation Project, “Imams of the West,” 2014-2017

From Egypt

Prof. Farag Elkamel (2010-2012)

Prof. Em. Hazem Hosny (2012-2014)

  • PhD, Professor of Development and Social Science Computing
  • Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University
  • Member of the Philosophy Committee at the Egyptian Supreme Council for Culture

From Lebanon

Prof. Ziad Fahed (2010-ongoing)

  • PhD, Professor of Theology
  • Dean for Student Affairs Office and Associate Professor at Notre Dame University, Louaize
  • Founder and President of the Dialogue for Life and Reconciliation Organization
  • Member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • Member of the International Association of Sociology of Religion (ISA)
  • Member of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR)
  • Recipient of "Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue" award from The Dialogue Institute in Temple University

Prof. Fadi Daou (2010-ongoing)

  • PhD, Professor of Political Philosophy, Geopolitics of Religion and Christian Theology
  • Chairman and CEO of Adyan Foundation
  • Director of the Ecumenical and the Interreligious Departments at the Maronite Patriarchate

Dr. Nayla Tabbara (2010-ongoing)

  • PhD in Religious Studies
  • University Professor in History of Religions and Islamic Studies
  • Director of Cross-Cultural Studies Department at Adyan Foundation

From Poland

Dr. Konrad Pedziwiatr (2010-ongoing)

  • PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Researcher at Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
  • Editor at Arabia.pl

From the US

Prof. Leonard Swidler 

  • PhD, Professor of History and Theology
  • Professor of Catholic Thought & Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University
  • Director of Center for Global Ethics
  • Director of Dialogue Institute
  • Editor of Journal of Ecumenical Studies

From Palestine

Dr. Abdalhadi Alijla (2015 - ongoing)

  • PhD, Comparative Politics and Public Policy, State University of Milan

  • Program Manager , Religion and Public Affairs, Adyan Institute
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Art and Science, UK. 2015
  • Alternative Nobel Prize for Young Scientists 2010, Bonn, Germany


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