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Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

The Catholic Unicersity Eichstaett-Ingolstadt is the only Catholic university in German speaking countries. On November 26th in the year 1564 the Collegium Willibaldinum was founded for housing and education of the clergy of the diocese. On April 1st in 1982 the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt has officially been established and recognized by the Pope. Since June 2018 there is a cooperation aggreement with the Chair of Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in relation with the research unit Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses – KCID.

The Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, University of Balamand (Lebanon) 

The University of Balamand (Lebanon) was established in 1988 and it belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. The university sees itself based on the moral foundations of knowledge and adheres to the human and spiritual values that have distinguished the Levant. The University seeks for scientific contributions to the values of tolerance, and the brotherhood of humanity. For this purpose, the university founded the Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue in September 2016. It is named after the current United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. The center has its focus on Christian-Muslim relations and intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

The overriding objective of the center is to delve into intercultural affairs, as Lebanon has always been a place of coexisting of and heavy tensions between different faiths and cultures. Especially the periods of sectarian wars led to the necessity of intercultural dialogue, based on academic research and discourse.

The basics of the center’s programs are the Arabic culture, which involves the study of the Arabic language and literature, the Islamic Civilization, the role of the Arab-Christian Community in developing the Arabic culture in its different periods. The center ensures that Masters and Doctoral Degrees are offered that reflect its areas of special interest. The center is going to provide trainings and specialized workshops on topics such as diversity, intercultural sensitivity, conflict mitigation, resolution and transformation, transitional justice and peace building and peace education.

The Sheikh Nahyan Center focuses on the Arab World and its relations to the rest of the world, in particular the West, as well as to Asian cultures, especially those of Southeast Asia. The center intends to promote tolerance and understanding. Therefore, it supports seminars, conferences and scientific interfaith projects such as Key Concepts in Interreligious Dialogue (KCID) of the Chair for Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen/Nuremberg (Germany). The center has also signed memoranda of understanding and cooperation with a number of centers and think tanks in the Middle East and around the globe.

Further information about the University of Balamand and the Sheikh Nahyan Center: http://www.balamand.edu.lb/