Human Fraternity and Inclusive Citizenship

Fadi Daou, Fabio Petito and Michael D. Driessen, Human Fraternity and Inclusive Citizenship: Interreligious Engagement in the Mediterranean, Milan: Ledizioni, June 2021, 194 pages.

Polarization and discrimination linked to religion have been increasing in many parts of the world, including on the two shores of the Mediterranean. Against this background, however, seeds of hope have emerged from a number of religious leaders who have called for a new narrative of human fraternity and inclusive citizenship

This report analyzes the opportunities which human fraternity and inclusive citizenship offer for government-religious partnerships aimed at building more inclusive and peaceful societies across both shores of the Mediterranean and puts forward interreligious engagement as a new policy framework that recognizes and amplifies these novel dynamics. 

Can the interreligious narrative of human fraternity help to create new inclusive forms of citizenship? How can governments and international organizations better partner with religious leaders and communities to concretely build inclusive societies from the MENA region to Europe? 

Fr. Fadi Daou

Father Fadi Daou is Lebanese and lives in Beirut, Lebanon.

Fadi Daou cofounder and former CEO of Adyan foundation, and professor of theology and geopolitics of religions. He holds a PhD in theology and a pre-PhD in political philosophy (University of Strasbourg, France).

After having been the director of the High Institute for Religious Sciences (USJ, Beirut), and teacher at the Holy Spirit University (Kaslik), he is now scientific collaborator at the University of Geneva and visiting professor in other universities.

He has authored a few books and studies, the latest one is: (co-editor) Human Fraternity and Inclusive Citizenship (ISPI, 2021); He also co-authored with Nayla Tabbara, L’hospitalité divine : l’autre dans le dialogue des théologies chrétienne et musulmane (Berlin, 2013) and published in Arabic (الرحابة الإلهيّة, Beyrouth, 2011), as well as in English (WCC,  2017) and German (LIT, 2017), and an Italian translation in process. In 2012, he directed the publication of an Arabic volume devoted to the education to coexistence: التربيّة على العيش المشترك في ظلّ المواطنة الحاضنة للتنوّع الدينيّ, al-Maktaba al-Būlisiyya, Beirut.

In the framework of Adyan foundation, and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and CRDP, he is the head of the national reformation project to the education to citizenship and coexistence.

He received the prize “Civilization of Love” and, through Adyan foundation, many other prizes, including “The Civilian Peace in Lebanon Prize” and the Second World Prize of the United Nations for the Education to Peace in a Pluralistic World.

He received also the 2020 Elevate Prize (MIT – USA) for global change-makers.

The Arab uprisings

Fadi Daou, « The Arab uprisings and the new challenges for national social cohesion and Arab-West relations », in: Nayla Tabbara (éd.), What about the other? : a question for cross-cultural education in the 21st century,Notre Dame University – Louaize, 2012, p. 19-31.