The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) will host the second round of the Tunis Process – an innovative year-long series of events exploring relationships between Islam and Europe – on October 13 on the Greek island of Rhodes as part of its flagship public event, the Rhodes Forum.
The first round of the Tunis Process took place in the Tunisian capital on 28-29 June, bringing together a diverse group of 45 participants ranging from policymakers and academics to influencers, activists and practitioners in intercultural and interreligious dialogue. A photo gallery can be found here, and a full report will be available soon on the DOC website.
“I was inspired and tremendously encouraged – as I believe all of those present were – by two days of engaged and often impassioned debate in Tunis,” said DOC CEO Jean-Christophe Bas. “We touched on a range of issues that will be vital as we seek to distill what we learn into policy recommendations and specific initiatives that will make a positive contribution to public discourse around Islam and Europe.
“Most importantly, while participants expressed a wide range of different opinions, the meeting took place in an atmosphere of openness and willingness to listen, and everyone was able to speak from the heart without compromise.
“I would like to thank all of those who participated, and in particular our partners and the Tunisian Presidency for their support of this important event, and look forward to welcoming everyone to Rhodes for the next round of discussion. I am sure that we have much more to learn from each other.”
Held under the auspices of the Tunisian Presidency, the Tunis Process is a DOC initiative in partnership with the LBH Foundation (LBH) and the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS). It aims to generate policy recommendations and initiatives to make a positive and substantive contribution to debates around the relationships between Islam and Europe.
The unique aspect of the Tunis Process comes largely from the diverse make-up of its organisers and participants, covering various perspectives of the Muslim and the Western worlds in a multidisciplinary manner, with a spirit of openness and the willingness to understand one another.
More information about the Tunis Process can be found here.