Intercultural Dialogue

‘Our fondest wishes is to see, one day, the two greatest religions, Christianity and Islam meeting and shaking hands with love and friendship […] and that the Torah, the Gospels, and the Koran are considered as holly Writings which confirm each other, studied and worshiped by the children and the followers of each religion.So God puts his light on Earth and the real religion [universal] dominates over all the other religions.’

 

These words full of wisdom were addressed by the great Egyptian reformer Mohammed Abduh (1849-1905) to the Bishop of Cairo Isaac Tillier. Even though they were pronounced more than a century ago they are still valid today.   

We also have to remember the great religious tolerance showed by the giants of   the Algerian History, like El Emir Abdelkader (1838-1883) who had strong friendship relations with followers of other religions, among them the Bishop of Algiers Monseigneur Dupuch (1838-1846).

Hence, in respect to its traditional principles and its multicultural long History, Algeria is working in the line with the universal principles of the UNESCO and the different international conventions to promote intercultural dialogue as a means of safeguarding the world cultural richnessand to avoid segregation and cultural entrenchment to prevent conflict.

Notwithstanding the inclusion of the values of interreligious dialogue in the different educative levels since the reforms of the Algerian educative system in 2003, the National Education Ministry and the National Commission for the UNESCO work by means of workshops and of a variety of scientific manifestations, to build in the Algerian society; principles of comprehension of cultures, mutual respect of civilizations and reconciliation between nations.

 

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