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    Two hundred-forty two participants from over 60 countries with different religious affiliations  - Jews, Christians and Muslims - and backgrounds (religious leaders, scholars, educators, foundations, communications experts) convened at the Doha Sheraton Hotel for the Ninth Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue. The 3-days Conference on "Social Media and Inter-religious Dialogue: a New Relationship",  was very innovative and up-to-date given the relevant role played by the social media in the recent events of the Arab Spring. The participants acknowledged the generous hospitality manifested by HH Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and paid tribute to the organizers of the Conference: Prof. Ibrahim Saleh Al-Naimi Chairman of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID),   Prof. Aisha Al-Mannai of the Qatar University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    At the opening session, the Minister of Justice , HE Mr. Hassan Bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, welcomed the participants and highlighted the need to follow up this year Conference with concrete resolutions. The conference addressed five major themes:

  • The Emergence of Communication Technology, History and Development
  • The benefits of using social media in interfaith dialogue
  • Reflection on the use of the social media in the communities
  • The pros and cons of the social communication in serving interfaith dialogue issues
  • Developing religious framework and ethical regulations to protect societies from misuse of social networking tools

During the conference, parallel workshops have introduced participants to different social media such as: twitter, facebook and wordpress. The use and potential of these media has been demonstrated by a team of very skilled professional thus offering an opportunity for beginners to get practically acquainted on the use of these powerful  communication tools also in interfaith matters. A tentative proposal for a set of Principles of Conduct in using electronic social media has been presented by the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education (IFIIE).

  • 1. The conference urged DICID to develop a forum, using electronic social media, in order to enhance interfaith dialogue at the local, regional and international levels.
  • 2. Recommendations have been made for DICID to develop further effective communication with Religious Authorities and with women and men of faith all over the world that will result in respect of religions and symbols.



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