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Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022


True acceptance of otherness in a globalized and pluralistic world allows us to measure the capacity of religious, philosophical or political thought to fit in and assume the contemporary societal dynamics inherent to globalization (Taylor). This acceptance is not devoid of resistance that stem from the rise of entrenched identity expressions founded in particularly on a vision of equality that is based on the “similar” which assumes a historical-ethnic or religious identity. (Pierre Rosanvallon, La Société des égaux, Paris, Seuil, 2011.). The congress “Islam and Otherness” proposes to reflect on how Islam fits into this societal movement beyond identity resistance.



Keynote Lectures: Simultaneous interpretation in English, Arabic and French

Monday, May 23rd 2022

Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth

17h00 Opening

  • Présidente : Roula TALHOUK, Directrice du Centre de documentation et de recherches islamo-chrétiennes, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth
  • Salah ABOU-JAOUDE, Vice-Recteur de l'Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth
  • Lara KARAM-BOUSTANY, Rectrice de l'Université La Sagesse
  • Michel JALAKH, Vice-président de la FUCE, Recteur de l’Université Antonine
  • Michel YOUNÈS, Coordinateur de PLURIEL

18h00 Lecture [Fr]

  • Islam and otherness, challenges for education in a context of diversity Salim DACCACHE, Rector of Saint Joseph University, of Beirut, Lebanon

Présidente : Roula TALHOUK


Tuesday, May 24th  2022

Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth

9h00 Présentation du thème du Congrès "Islam et Altérité"

  • Emmanuel PISANI, directeur de l'Institut dominicain d’études orientales, Le Caire

9h30 – 10h30 Lecture [Fr] The other in Islamic civilization: from the immanence of cultures to divine transcendence

  • Raja SAKRANI, Jurist and Cultural Science scholar at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study “Law as Culture”, University of Bonn

Panel 1 : Geopolitical Approach [11h00 – 13h00]

Speeches in French and English (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator: Laurent BASANESE

  • [Fr] ADRAOUI Mohamed-Ali, Sciences Po Paris, France Les islamistes et les relations internationales. Islamists and international relations. What is their world view and their diplomatic practices? Global emergence, evolution and amendment of a culturalist and antagonistic theory
  • [Fr] SENIGUER Haoues, Sciences Po Lyon, France Sunni Muslim integralism in the face of (a)confessional otherness, between theology and politics: social adaptability, theological inertia?
  • [En] TORTOLINI Alessia, Université de Pise, Italie Swinging Foreign Policy: The Iranian Umma in International Relations
  • [Fr] BRODEUR Patrice, Université de Montréal, Canada Transformations in the perceptions of the religious Other in Arab-Muslim authors during the 20th century
  • [En] DRHIMEUR Amina, Sciences Po Lyon, France The “us” against the “others”, the populist political style of the Islamist party the PJD

Salle B - Speeches in French and English – Moderator: Jaime FLAQUER Garcia

  • [En] EVIRGEN Yusuf, Binghamton University, USA Understanding post-Islamists’ ‘Othering’: The AK Party Case from 2002 to 2011
  • [Fr] NESTOROVIC Cédomir, ESSEC Business School Asia Pacific, Singapour The Muslim as ‘other’ in the former Yugoslavia
  • [En] ALAM Anwar, Policy Perspectives Foundation of India, New Delhi, Inde Muslims and Islamic responses to Hindu Society and Constitutional liberalism in India
  • [Fr] SETTOUL Elyamine, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France Being a Muslim in the French armies. Between trivialisation and otherness.

Panel 2 : Dialogal Approach [14h30 - 16h30]

Salle A Speeches in French, English and Arabic (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator: Thom SICKING

  • [Fr] CAUCANAS Rémi, Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabo-Musulman, France Muslim-Christian Dialogue : the approach of the White Fathers
  • [En] BREIDY Vanessa, Sophia University Institute, Florence, Italie Unity of God and unity in God – a possible perspective and way of dialogue between the believers?
  • [Fr] YOUNES Michel, Université catholique de Lyon, France Islam and Christianity: mutual views and challenges of otherness
  • [Ar] YASSNI Yassine, Université Abdel Malek Saadi, Maroc Black as the Other in Islamic Culture

Salle B - Speeches in French – Moderator: Emmanuel PISANI

  • [Fr] AIT KABBOURA Mounia, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada Radical evil and the Canadian multiculturalist otherness
  • [Fr] MOSTFA Ali, Université catholique de Lyon, France The Other and Otherness in the Arabic Language and Culture
  • [Fr] RICHARD Thomas, Université Clermont-Auvergne, France Medieval Islam in the cinema. A dialogue in four films
  • [Fr] ARBACHE Samir, Université catholique de Lille, France Religious and Cultural Otherness: Debating Issues in Islam

18h00 - Lecture [En]

  • Islam and the Salvation of non-Muslims: The Qur’anic Perspective Gabriel Said REYNOLDS, Notre Dame University, USA

Wednesday,May 25th 2022

Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth

9h00 – 10h30 Workshop réseau PLURIEL Presentation of research groups

Panel 3 : Citizenship Approach (11h00 -13h00)

Salle A Speeches in French, English and Arabic (Simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Arabic) – Moderator: Alessandro FERRARI

  • [Fr] BOUCHIBA Farid, Université Lyon 2, France Dār al-islām and dār al-ḥarb in contemporary Muslim thought
  • [Ar] GAMAL Mohamed, Egyptian initiative of personal rights, Egypte The concept of “citizenship” in the Azhari discourse. Problems and contradictions
  • [Fr] FLEYFEL Antoine, Institut Chrétiens d’Orient, France Otherness and nationalisms, the threat of identity to openness
  • [Fr] SALEH Wael, Université du Québec à Montréal The representation of non-Islamist Muslims in Sunni Islamist discourse: an intra-religious otherness?

Salle B - Speeches in English – Moderator: Ali MOSTFA

  • [En] KARACA Asli, Al-Quds University, Palestine Institutionalized Islam in Personal Status Laws and Challenged Position of Women as ‘the Other’
  • [En] BOUTAHAR Youssef, Sidi Mohamed ben Adellah University, Fez, Maroc Re-problematizing the Religious Majority-Minority Dialectics in Post-Arab Spring Morocco: Between Subalternity and Digital Disobedience
  • [Fr] ANSORGE Dirk Ecole Sankt Georgen de théologie et de philosophie, Francfort, Allemagne Embracing the Other: Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri‘s approach to Human Rights and Democracy
  • [En] MAREI Fouad Gehad, University of Birmingham, Royaume-Uni From the Throes of Anguished Mourning: Shi’i Ritual Practice and Post-Secular Modes of Socialization

14h30 Cultural visits in Beirut

Thursday, May 26th

Université La Sagesse

  • 9h00 – 10h30 Focus Lebanon
  • 11h00 – 12h30 Encounters “The experience of the Other in Lebanon”
  • 15h00 – 18h00 Cultural visits in Beirut

Friday, May 27th

Visits of shared holy places in North Lebanon


Resitration link : https://pluriel.fuce.eu/congres/congress-islam-and-otherness/?lang=en&tab=inscription

Part of the congress will be broadcasted live via videoconference. Registration is required to obtain the connection link. (check “ONLINE” at the top of the registration module).

PLURIEL offers free participation to Lebanese residents in Lebanon. For this, please contact us at pluriel@univ-catholyon.fr


  • Campus de l'innovation et du sport - Rue de Damas - Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth
    Beirut, Lebanon

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
  • Friday, May 27, 2022


  • islam, altérité, dialogue inter-religieux, pluralité, éducation, théologie


  • Antoine Meyer
    courriel : ameyer [at] univ-catholyon [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Antoine Meyer
    courriel : ameyer [at] univ-catholyon [dot] fr


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« Islam et altérité », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18k8

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