The FICRT Foundation organises in Cordoba the 1st Forum 'From Islam-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family'

On 16 and 17 May


On 16 and 17 May, the FICRT Foundation will hold the first edition of the Forum 'From the Islam-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family', in collaboration with the University Institute of Religious Sciences of the Complutense University and the UNESCO Chair of Conflict Resolution of the University of Cordoba. The event will take place at Casa Árabe's Cordoba headquarters (C/ Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9), starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16.

This Forum, which is now being initiated by the FICRT Foundation and which will continue on an annual basis, aims to extend inter-religious dialogue beyond Islam and Christianity, encompassing all the religions of the so-called 'Abrahamic Family', that is, those which venerate the figure of Abraham as their father and prophet.

The President of the FICRT Foundation, Mr. Jumaa Alkaabi, will inaugurate this first edition of the Cordoba Forum, whose aim is to take up the baton and broaden the scope of the first two Islamo-Christian meetings held in the same city in 1974 and 1979, including among the speakers representatives of other religious denominations.

The promotion of dialogue and understanding between religions, which is one of the fundamental principles of the FICRT Foundation, was encouraged at the time by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), which recognised religious plurality as a person's right to make a sincere choice of the path to follow in order to find the truth.

This movement has experienced a major boost during the pontificate of Pope Francis and crystallised with the pontiff's historic visit to Abu Dhabi, where he met with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, and together they signed the 'Document on Human Fraternity, for World Peace and Common Coexistence', on 4 February 2019.

A date that the United Nations General Assembly has decided to commemorate annually, declaring 4 February as the International Day of Human Fraternity.

In this context, this 1st Cordoba Forum organised by the FICRT Foundation will feature four panels, distributed over the two days, on 16 and 17 May, in which 11 prestigious speakers will take part, representing different States, universities, research centres and religious denominations.

These experts will give attendees first-hand knowledge of how interreligious dialogue is being approached, leading to conclusions that will be set out in the Cordoba Manifesto 'The Abrahamic Family and Human Fraternity', which will be presented during the last session.

Attached is the programme of the Forum, which will be streamed on the Foundation's YouTube channel.