Project "Christianity and Islam: New Prospects for Dialogue and Understanding"


Strategic outline of the project consists in joining in the framework of a single working group about 20 international experts belonging to two different realms, i.e. theory of intercultural/interfaith dialogue, on the one hand, and religious studies (both Christian and Muslim), on the other, enthused by the lofty ideals of UNESCO, and striving to overcome conceptual and methodological contradictions, in order to jointly review fundamental principles in intercultural/interfaith dialogue between Islam and Christianity, review present-day challenges and contradictions, imminent tensions and latent 'points of growth', sum up ‘good practices’ and constructive ideas, emerging each year in this realm, and work out constructive patterns of implementing cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and sustainable development, especially having in mind values and stereotypes of young people, women, and urban ethnic minorities. Transmethodological approach, pragmatic orientation, active usage of modern web technologies of dissemination and feedback form integral part of the strategy, as well as first-hand knowledge of its focal regions, i.e. the Russian Federation (from St.Petersburg in the West to Kazan in the East), to Lebanon, and the Middle East, in general. Joint international monograph, entitled 'Christianity and Islam: New Prospects for Dialogue and Understanding', formed as a result of the project, would be published in English and Russian with Arabic summaries, to be widely presented and disseminated, especially in the focal regions of the project, and its target groups.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • National


  • Construire un cadre de valeurs communes
  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Pays bénéficiaire (s) / Groupes cibles

  • youth, especially students
  • urban ethnic minorities
  • women

Principaux partenaires

UNESCO Сhair of Сomparative Study of Religions, Mediation and Dialogue at St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue at St.Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research

Russie, Fédération De
01/03/2010 - 15/12/2010