Middle Eastern Dialogue Symposia


Since 2008, the Dialogue Institute has been collaborating with the Western Studies Institute in Saudi Arabia to hold ongoing seminars in Philadelphia related to interreligious studies and dialogue.

Symposia have covered topics as diverse as: the Prophetic Traditions; Abrahamic Religions and Global Ethics; Hadith and the Transmission of Faith; Global Education and Islamic Values; Teaching Religions and Social Witness; Authority and Revelation; etc. Ongoing study together tackles differences of interpretation using dialogic skills to increase understanding and respect.

Before participating in this dialogue seminar, I was afraid that I might meet
with disrespect, but now I know I can meet with followers of other religions without any rancor, and with love and mutual respect.
— Saudi seminar participant