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March 23, 2004

Christian and Muslim leaders to meet

-23/3/04

The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders later this month to develop bonds between the two faiths.

Dr Rowan Williams said the three-day event in the United States would lead to the ìdeepening of understanding and of friendship between usî.

The spiritual leaders from around the world will meet in Washington, DC. It follows similar gatherings in London in 2002 and in Qatar in 2003, according to Lambeth Palace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury told the conference in Qatar last year that the war in Iraq highlighted the "urgent need" for different nations and faiths to listen to each other.

In a deliberately low-key address, which included only passing references to the Iraq invasion, Dr Rowan Williams said that improved relations between Christians and Muslims could help a "deeply troubled world".

The last ìBuilding Bridgesî conference was attended by more than 30 Christian and Islamic leaders and scholars, including Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, and Dr Zaki Badawi, the head of the British Council of Imams and Mosques.

Among the topics under discussion at this years convention, which will be hosted by Georgetown University, will be how religion leads to war.

ìItís an exciting prospect for Christian and Muslim scholars to spend three days together studying the different ways in which our scriptures understand prophecy,î Dr Williams said.

ìI look forward to all that we will be able to learn from each other and to the deepening of understanding and of friendship between us.î

The debates are likely to be published as a book at the end of the convention.

Christian and Muslim leaders to meet

-23/3/04

The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead a meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders later this month to develop bonds between the two faiths.

Dr Rowan Williams said the three-day event in the United States would lead to the ìdeepening of understanding and of friendship between usî.

The spiritual leaders from around the world will meet in Washington, DC. It follows similar gatherings in London in 2002 and in Qatar in 2003, according to Lambeth Palace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury told the conference in Qatar last year that the war in Iraq highlighted the "urgent need" for different nations and faiths to listen to each other.

In a deliberately low-key address, which included only passing references to the Iraq invasion, Dr Rowan Williams said that improved relations between Christians and Muslims could help a "deeply troubled world".

The last ìBuilding Bridgesî conference was attended by more than 30 Christian and Islamic leaders and scholars, including Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, and Dr Zaki Badawi, the head of the British Council of Imams and Mosques.

Among the topics under discussion at this years convention, which will be hosted by Georgetown University, will be how religion leads to war.

ìItís an exciting prospect for Christian and Muslim scholars to spend three days together studying the different ways in which our scriptures understand prophecy,î Dr Williams said.

ìI look forward to all that we will be able to learn from each other and to the deepening of understanding and of friendship between us.î

The debates are likely to be published as a book at the end of the convention.

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