PASSIA
The Religious Studies Unti -
Activities 1999

 

COORDINATION MEETINGS & BRIEFINGS

(All meetings were attended by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA)


22 January 1999

A Jewish Perspective on Jerusalem

Dr. Barnett Rubin, Council on Foreign Relations, New York

February 2 Noon Center for Qur’anic Studies, Ramallah
Issues of Intra-Muslim Conflicts and Discourse
Sheikh Bassam Jarrar, Director, Noon Center for Qur’anic Studies, Al-Bireh

February 14 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The US Congressional Bill on Religious Freedom – Its Meaning and Its Implications
Mr. Robert Seiple, Special Representative to the Secretary of State (Ambassadorial Rank) for Religious Freedom, Washington, DC (accompanied by Conny Mayers, First Political Officer, US Consulate General, Jerusalem); Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem; Deniz Altayli, Program Director, PASSIA

March 30 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Meaning of the Muslim Feast Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Briefing for Jewish/Israeli Labor Party leaders in preparation for their visit to Muslim villages on the occasion of the feast

June 15 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Aspects and Impact of Interfaith Dialogue on the Peace Process in the Middle East
Dr. Peter Idenburg from the International Dialogues Foundation, Netherlands; Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway

June 26 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Role of NGOs in Religious Dialogue
Meeting with the Funders Group, Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago accompanied by Linda Epstein, Director, Israel Office, Jewish Federation of Chicago, West Jerusalem
Izzat Abdul Hadi, Director of Bisan Center for Research and Development, Ramallah

July 8 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Presenting the Idea of a Discussion Group on the Holy Places in Jerusalem
Meeting with Rabbi David Rosen, Director, Anti-Defamation League, West Jerusalem

August 10-11 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Crisis in Nazareth and the Role of the World Council of Churches in Conflict Resolution
Meeting with Ms. Salpy Eskidjian from the World Council of Churches, Geneva

September 18 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit, Ramallah
The PASSIA-Religious Study Unit – Activities, Plans and Problems
Meeting with a visiting delegation from the Ford Foundation: Stephen Lawry, Head, Middle East Regional Office, Cairo; Alison Bernstein, Vice President for Media, Arts and Culture, New York; Basma Al-Husseiny, Arts and Culture Program Consultant.

December 1 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Interfaith Conference in Amman and PASSIA Future Role in Such Events
Meeting with Rev. Dr. Chung Lee, Won Buddhism United Nations Office, New York

 
DIALOGUE SESSIONS & ROUNDTABLES

January 12 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Afghanistan, Iran and Islam – a Personal Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Barnett Rubin, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
Participants: Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Mustafa Abu Swai, Dr. Sami Musallam , Dr. Ishaq Al-Qutub, Dr. Albert Aghazarian, Abdel Salam Abu Shkedem

February 21 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Fears of the Palestinian Christian Minority Arising from the Possibility of an Islamic State Emerging in Palestine
Speaker: Rev. Maroun Lahham, Rector of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary of Jerusalem
Participants: Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Khaled Al-Kutub, Abdel Salam Abu Shkedem, Dr. Harry Ha-gopian, Adnan Al-Husseini, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, Atallah Hannah, Dr. Ishaq Al-Qutub, Dr. Mohammed Abdeen.

March 17 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Dispute between the Christian Churches and Islamic Waqf over Al-Khanqa in the Old City of Jerusalem
Speaker: Adnan Husseini, Director of the Waqf, Jerusalem
Participants: Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, Said El-Qeiq, Dr. Ismail Nawahdah, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabrie, Sheikh Abdel Athim Salhab., Sheikh Taiseer Tamimi, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Salem. Sami Musallam .

May 25 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Interfaith Dialogue on Muslim-Christian-Jewish Issues
Participants: Rabbi Yitzhaq Ralbag, Rabbi D. Brodman, Bishop Munib Younan, Father Maroun Lahham, Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Mahdi Abdul Hadi.

June 17 PASSIA -Grand Park Hotel, Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (I): Minority-Majority Relationship
Speakers: Father Maroun Laham, Archimandrite Attalah Hannah, Sheikh Bassam Jarrar, Sheikh Hassan Yousef.
Participants : Nahla Dibsi, Mahmoud Abu Khdeir, Mohammed Al-Katawi, Farid Majaj, Ibrahim Assaf, Mahfouz Abu Turk, Younes Hussein Eid.

July 28 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (II): Palestinian Christians in a Possible Islamic State
Speakers: Dr. Hamzeh Zeib, Dr. Ismael Nawahdah, Dr. Mohammed Abdeen, Dr. Abdel Mun’em Abu Qahouq, and Dr. Said Al-Qiq.
Participants : Sheikh Tayser Al-Tamimi, Hussein Al-Mahdy, Sheikh Jamil Hamami .

August 14 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (III): Christianity and Liberalism in Palestine
Speaker: Reverend Dr. Naim Ateek, Head of Sabeel Center, Jerusalem
Participants: Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Dr. Said Al-Qiq, Sheikh Taysir Tamimi, Hussein Al-Mahdy, Dr. Merei’ Abdul Rahman, Dena Asfour.

August 24 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Interfaith Dialogue on Muslim-Christian-Jewish Issues : A Suggested Statement from the Chief Rabbinate Addressing the Issue of the Holy Places in Jerusalem
Participants: Rabbi Yitzhaq Ralbag, Father Maroun Lahham, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Sheikh Jamil Hamami

September 25 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (IV): The Perspective of the ‘Other’ in Islam
Speaker: Sheikh Jamil Hamami
Participants: Samia Khoury, Rev. Hanna Mas’ad, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Father Maroun Lahham, Suheil Odeh, Dr. Sa’id Al-Qiq, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, Elias Tabban, Father Jamal Du’aibes, Fuad Snousian, Ajaj Ma’ay’ah, Tareq Hijazin, Ibrahim Shoufani, Dr. Hamza Dib.

October 6 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Jerusalem from an Islamic Perspective
Meeting with the Boston Civil Rights Delegation accompanied with Tom Reilly, Massachusetts Attorney General; Tom O’Brien, Chief Economic Development Officer; Sandra Henriquez, Boston Housing Authority, and Districts Attorneys from various districts in Massachusetts; with Rabbi David Rosen, Anti-Defamation League, Jerusalem

October 31 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Interfaith Dialogue on Muslim-Christian-Jewish Issues; continuation of the August 24 session
Participants: Rabbi Yitzhaq Ralbag, Rabbi D. Brodman, Dr. Trond Bakkevig, Father Maroun Lahham, Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Mahdi Abdul Hadi.

November 1 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Jerusalem from the Muslim and Christian Perspectives
Meeting with a visiting delegation from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) accompanied by Martin Raffel, Associate Executive Vice-Chairman and Director, Task Force on Israel and International Concerns, New York

November 28 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (V): Discussion of the Perspective of the ‘Other’ in Islam and Christianity
Participants: Lutfi Lahham, Atallah Hanna, Father Maroun Lahham, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Sheikh Abdel Atheme Salhab, Sheikh Tayser Tamimi, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Salem, Idreis Al-Hajjah , Kr. Mohammad Al-Saliebi, Dr. Peter Madrous, Rafiq Khoury, Ibrahim Debis, Sheikh Ekrima Sabry, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein , Dr. Najie Abdel Jabbar.

November 28 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Interfaith Dialogue on Muslim-Christian-Jewish Issues: Justice in the Sources of the Three Monotheistic Faiths
Participants: Rabbi Yitzhaq Ralbag, Rabbi D. Brodman, Dr. Trond Bakkevig, Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway.

December 5 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit Ramallah
Muslim-Christian Relations in Palestine Today (VI): Discussion of the Perspective of the ‘Other’ in Islam and Christianity
Participants: Hanna Mas’ad, Father Maroun Lahham, Ekrima Sabry, Sheikh Tayser Tamimi, Rafiq Khoury, Lutfi Laham, Dr. Mohammed Salibi, Dr. Kamal Salman, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Salem, Sheikh Jamil Hamami.

 
SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

January 22 PASSIA, Jerusalem
Seminar on the Muslim, Christian and Jewish Perspectives on Jerusalem
Speakers: Rev. Maroun Lahham, Rector of the Latin Seminary of Jerusalem (Christian perspective), Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of PASSIA (Muslim perspective), and Rabbi Yitzhak Ralbag, Head of the Religious Jewish Council, Jerusalem, (Jewish perspective); attended by a group of 20 future priests of the Latin Church, Beit Jala.

March 15 PASSIA, Jerusalem
The Role of German Churches in Development Assistance towards Palestinian Civil Society in East Jerusalem
Meeting with members of a visiting delegation from the Protestant Association for Cooperation in Development (EZE), Bonn, led by Cay Gabbe, Ministerial Counselor at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Bonn; co-organized by Judeh Majaj, Director of the East Jerusalem YMCA
Participants: Cay Gabbe, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Monika Huber, Protestant Association for Cooperation in Development; Gabriele Fischer-Wilms, Protestant Association for Co-operation in Development; Judeh Majaj, Director, YMCA, East Jerusalem; Sheikh Jamil Hamami, Al-Quds University.

September 14 PASSIA-Religious Study Unit, Ramallah
Workshop: Arabic Language Study in Japan - Translating the Holy Qur’an to Japanese’
Speaker: Professor Osamu Ikeda, Professor and Former President, University of Osaka for Foreign Studies, Japan
Participants: Katsuyoshi Hayashi, Head of the Japanese Representative Office to the PA; Sheikh Bassam Jarrar, Head of Noon Center for Qur’anic Studies, Al-Bireh; Tareq Hamida; Lecturer in Islamic Studies; Hussein Al-Mahdi, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Al-Quds University; Said Al-Qiq, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Al-Quds University; Bassem Al-Bassoumi, Lecturer, Educational-Scientific College, Ramallah; Jamal Basha, Arabic Language Teacher, Ramallah; Imad Hamdi Qadi, Teacher, Hashemite School, Ramallah; Nidal Mahmoud, Computer Engineer; Abeer Amro, Assistant Manager; Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Al-Quds University; Sheikh Jamil Hamami; Marwan Khawaja.

 
CONFERENCES

January 11-13 Bari, Italy
Towards Jerusalem – Mediterranean Nations, Cultures and Religions Looking for Center
International Congress organized by the Europe-Near East Center (ENEC), Bari/Italy

March 15 YWCA, Jerusalem
Holy Land – Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians
Organized by the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem

9-11 April 1999 London, UK
International Conference on Islamic Art, Culture and Civilization: Iran
Organized by the Institute of Islamic Studies, London, the University of Tehran, UNESCO, and the University of Strasbourg

9-10 May 1999 Bari, Italy
Religions between History and Present
Organized by the Europe-Near East Center (ENEC), Italy

13 June 1999 King David Hotel, Jerusalem
Encounter with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Richard C. Blum, Co-Founder, Inter-religious Friendship Group, Israel
Organized by the Inter-religious Friendship Council in Israel

5-7 November 1999 Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, UK
Islam and the West: Images, Media and Mutual Understanding
Organized by Wilton Park in association with the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, UK

9-11 November 1999 Amman, Jordan
Conflicts and Religions in the Middle East
Organized by the Center for Research on Arms Control and Security (CRACS), Amman

22-25 November 1999 Wilton Park, UK
Islam and the West in the 21st Century
Organized by Wilton Park in association with the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, UK

24 November–1 December 1999 Geneva, Switzerland
The World Council of Churches
Organized by the World Council of Churches, Cluster on Relations, Geneva

 
PUBLICATIONS

PASSIA Publication, January 1999 (English)
Religious Dialogue - PASSIA Meetings 1995-1998
Edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi

PASSIA Publication, December 1999 (Arabic)
Shari’a Personalities in Palestine
Edited by Dr. Mohammed Abdeen and Sheikh Jamil Hamami

PASSIA Publication, December 1999 (Arabic)
On Muslim-Christin relations in Palestine
Edited by Sheikh Jamil Hamami

 

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