As people across Scotland’s capital and beyond gear up for the world famous Edinburgh ‘Festival season’ this summer, one of the major participating Festivals is launching another ambitious programme of conversations, events and activities.
The US Muslim leader at the centre of the recent storm over plans to build an Islamic community centre near Ground Zero in New York is arriving in Britain tomorrow and giving a series of talks and interviews in Scotland.
The seed of violence seems to be in everyone at some level or other. But what does ideology and religion bring to the human propensity towards violent conflict? In what ways does faith help assuage or provoke confrontation?
The visit to Britain of Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, from the Cordoba Initiative in New York, resonates not just with our reflections on the impending tenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, but with the continuing quest for interreligious understanding in a conflictual world, says Professor Hugh Goddard.
Two top performers coming to Edinburgh are convinced that music can play a significant role in awakening the human spirit and bringing a longing for harmony and peace in a troubled world, writes Mary Anson.
Those who follow sports programmes on television will be aware of the advertising ploy that is 'Super Saturday', when broadcast packages are aggregated to entice the viewer into a whole day of watching. Well, I suppose you could say that Saturday 13 August is the equivalent of that at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh... except without the gauche publicity!