Nayla Tabbara – Director, Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management, Adyan Foundation (Lebanon)

Dr. Nayla Tabbara is the Director of the Adyan Institute of Citizenship and Diverstiy Management, and the vice chair of Adyan Foundation. Previoiusly, she served as director of Aydan’s Cross-Cultural Studies Department. She holds a doctorate in religious studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris) and Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon) and is a university professor of comparative religions and Islamic studies. She has published in the fields of Islamic theology and other religions; education on interreligious and intercultural diversity; and Qur’anic exegesis and Sufism. In addition, she works on curricula development (formal and non-formal) for multifaith education and intercultural citizenship. Her publications include Divine Hospitality: Christian and Muslim Theologies of the Other (2011, co-author with Fadi Daou; in Arabic and French, 2012); What About the Other? A Question for Intercultural Education in the 21st Century (editor, 2012); and the UNESCO publication, Christianity & Islam in the Context of Contemporary Culture (2009, co-editor with Dimitri Spivak). Numerous research projects and organizations including the research coordinator, L’Arche and Islam (Adyan & L’Arche Internationale); member, International Federation of Catholic Universities research group on religions and cultures, focusing on the topic “Conflicts Related to Religious and Cultural Diversity”; researcher, UNESCO Lebanese-Russian project on youth and intercultural and interreligious dialogue. She was a speaker at the Vatican’s conference on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.