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Sessions focused on successful co-existence between Christians and Muslims

The session takes the figure of Ramon Llull as an excuse to comment on the topic of coexistence.

The session takes the figure of Ramon Llull as an excuse to comment on the topic of coexistence.

05/05/2016

Cultura

Debating on cases of coexistence between Christians and Muslims regarding culture, work and family, in contrast to the usual information about conflict and violence: this is the aim of the session “Ramon Llull, 700 anys de Cristianisme i Islam: diàleg en la vida mística, diàleg entre pràctiques de convivència” (Ramon Llull, 700 years of Christianity and Islam: dialogue in the mystic life, dialogue among coexistence practices). The session will take place next Friday, May 6 in the Aula Capella in Historical building of the University of Barcelona.

Organized within the Llull year, the session takes the figure of the medieval writer and thinker as an excuse to comment on the topic of coexistence. The program includes a couple of sessions about the author: Ramon Llull com a paradigma d’un passat que es fa present (Ramon Llull as a paradigm of a past which turns into present), by Albert Soler –teacher of Catalan medieval literature- and El camí de maduració humana que fa possible les pràctiques de convivència entre diferents a partir de Ramon Llull (The way of human growth making coexistence among different people possible through Ramon Llull), by Jordi Gayà, Secretary of Lullian Studies and of Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (Balearic Studies Institute). Afterwards, they will debate on the dialogue from a mystique perspective, by Joan-Andreu Rocha –teacher at the University of Teheran and collaborator of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Next, Yaratullah Monturio will participate. She is the President of the first Muslim Women Community in Catalonia and founder of the Development of Islamic Feminism Association, and has entitled her intervention Les convergències més oblidades entre cristianisme-islam i islam-cristianisme (The most forgotten convergences between Christianity-Islam and Islam-Christianity). They will also present the book Les parelles mixtes islamocristianes: un amor transgressor que posa a proves prejudicis i fronteres (Mixed Islamo-Christian couples: a transgressor love testing prejudices and barriers), by the Islamo-Christian research group of Barcelona. The session will finish with the intervention of Justo Lacunza, Rector emeritus of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, and general Secretary of Africa Fundación Sur (Madrid). Lacunza, a great expert in Islam, has advised the Vatican on the Muslim world and has lived in a long list of Muslim-tradition countries.

The session, organized by Edith Stein Centre (entity driven by the University Pastoral Delegation) with the collaboration of the vice-Rector’s office of Institutional and Cultural Relations of the UB, emerges from the fact that religion has been identified with fundamentalist violence while the Muslim world is trying to be stigmatized; and this happens even though Christians, Jews and Muslims started close collaborations.
 
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