Religious and Secular Global Dialogue

A Conversation with Azza Karam

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September 24, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Dr. Azza Karam serves as the secretary general of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest multireligious leadership platform. She has been at the forefront of examining international political and religious dynamics from both an academic perspective and as a practitioner in the field. Currently a professor of religion and development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Karam has also served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004, as well as other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations since the early 1990s. She has observed the changing nature of secular/religious and interreligious dialogue at the highest levels of global leadership, as well as on the ground in communities around the world.

In this conversation, Karam joined Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss the evolution of the role of major religious bodies and multinational faith-based organizations on the world stage and at the United Nations. They then turned to topics of religious pluralism and mutual recognition of religions, examining the role of dialogue at different levels of engagement. Successes situated in context of the history of global dialogue, as well as emerging challenges, were addressed. This conversation built on four others in the ongoing Global Religious and Secular Dynamic Discussion Series.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

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