June 14, Discussion, “Current Challenges to Christian-Muslim Relations in Egypt”, USA

The US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC will host an exciting discussion with two contemporary religious leaders from Egypt on the topic of “Current Challenges to Christian-Muslim Relations in Egypt,” June 14, 2013.

After decades of authoritarian rule, Egypt’s transition to democracy is tackling incredible challenges including political, social and economic reform, infrastructural development, and the ongoing religious sectarianism.  During Hosni Mubarak’s rule, Christian-Muslim relationships could be described as passively tolerant for the sake of maintaining national unity and harmony.  However, since the revolution and the election of the President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood party, extremist narratives have surfaced causing conflicts between Muslims and Christians.  What challenges do religious leaders and their communities face in the current democratic transition? What steps have religious leaders taken to curtail extremist narratives?

The participants are:

Dr. Mohamed Ali Goma’a, Discussant
Grand Mufti, Egypt

Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Discussant
Anglican Bishop, Egypt

Dr. Qamar-ul Huda, Moderator
Religion and Peacemaking Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Please visit the website for more details and registration.

June 14, 2013 10:00am – 12:00pm EDT
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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