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Shared History – The Aladdin Project

France and the Muslim World

Historians from All Sides Working Together

The initiative reflects the efforts of the Aladdin Project to promote a greater knowledge of History and its lessons, particularly for the younger generations, to facilitate a rapprochement of cultures. The uniqueness of the project is that the twelve historians writing the books have diverse backgrounds, coming from Jewish, Muslim or Christian traditions. As the books are translated into Arabic (and also Turkish and Persian), they provide for the first time an opportunity for young Arabs and Muslims to learn about this history in an undistorted fashion. The twelve books are about the following countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel & Palestine, Yemen, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, Iran, Libya, Iraq, and medieval Spain. A scientific committee, composed of eminent historians and experts, and chaired by Professor Abdou Filali-Ansary, a Moroccan philosopher, supervises the work on the series. The series editor is Michel Abitbol, a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the author of numerous studies on North African Jewry.

Religious Tolerance Education for Young Imams, Priests, and Rabbis

Growing anti-Semitism and religious tensions, as well as the manipulation of religion for political purposes, led the Aladdin Project to compile a standard textbook for young imams, priests, and rabbis. The "Know the Religion of thy Neighbor" project has produced a 300-page book approved by the highest authorities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in order to teach young theologians—imams, rabbis, and priests—during training seminars, on the religion of the Other, and to counter the myths and stereotypes that prevail in certain spheres of religious education. The book was published in French in 2018 by the Parole et Silence publishing house. The authors were appointed by a high inter-religious committee gathering the highest representatives of each religion. The committee is co-chaired by Grand Rabbi René-Samuel Sirat, former Chief Rabbi of France and holder of the “UNESCO Religions of the Book, spiritual traditions and specific cultures” Chair, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop emeritus of Paris, and Dr. Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti emeritus of Egypt.