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The 9th Doha Conference of Interfaith Dialogue will open on Monday October 24th at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The conference will host over 200 participants from 55 countries covering the five continents and including high profile religious representatives and academic figures. The theme of this year deals with the impact of the social media on inter-religious dialogue, with sessions and workshops to span 3 days. The 9th Doha Conference of Interfaith Dialogue is co-organized by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the Permanent Committee for Organizing Conferences
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Spotlight on social sites at interfaith dialogue
2011-10-24

Around 250 politicians, clergymen and scientists from 41 countries, some of them Nobel laureates, are taking part in the 9th Doha conference for Interfaith Dialogue, which begins today and continues till October 26. HE the Minister of Justice Hassan bin Abdullah al-Ghanem will open the conference to be held under the title: “Means of Social Communication and the Interfaith Dialogue..A Futuristic Outlook”. The conference assumes special importance as it will discuss the positive role of the different means of social communication, such as Twitter and Facebook in the enhancement of dialogue between the followers of divine religions and bringing them closer in many of the issues. The conference will focus on social communication means and the role they have played in the Arab Spring and in mobilising people. It also discusses their role in the dialogue among different faiths and how they can be implemented in achieving more interactions among different cultures. The adverse effects of these means would be also discussed to devise new approaches to better employ them in maintaining a better grounding for faith communications promoting diversity and the acceptance of others. There will also various workshops on social communication means. Among the participants of the conference are Prince El-Hasan bin Talal of Jordan and Dr Mahathir Mohamed, former Prime Minister of Malaysia. The three-day conference, to be held at Sheraton Doha Hotel, will review during working sessions to be addressed by a number of scholars, the emergence of communications technology, its development and its relationship with the interfaith dialogue. It will also have a comprehensive look at the methods and sites of social communication means, the services they deliver, their uses, the use of social networking as a sophisticated language for dialogue and how they serve issues of dialogue between individuals and groups. The first day’s events will include a general joint session on science and religion with the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. The second day will feature the second general session under the title: the importance of the means of social communication in the creation of contacts and co-operation between the centres of interfaith dialogue, those working in this field.

Gulf Times