The Tunis Process, an innovative year-long series of events to explore the relationships between Islam and Europe through dialogue among a diverse group of international participants, is launched today. Held under the auspices of the Tunisian Presidency, the Tunis Process is an initiative of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), in partnership with the LBH Foundation (LBH) and the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies (AJCS).
Under the title “Islam and Europe: Overcoming Differences, Sharing Paths”, the Tunis Process will bring together more than 40 diverse international participants – policymakers, influencers, academics, and practitioners in intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The process aims to generate policy recommendations and initiatives to make a positive and substantive contribution to debates around the relationships between Islam and Europe.
The unique aspect of the Tunis Process comes largely from the diverse make-up of its organisers and participants, covering various perspectives of the Muslim and the Western worlds in a multidisciplinary manner, with a spirit of openness and the willingness to understand one another.
Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the DOC, said:
“The Tunis Process is designed to be a powerful example of dialogue in action and what it can achieve. Recent events in Tunis only serve to underscore that this is vitally necessary. We want to discover what people can learn from each other when they come together in an atmosphere of mutual openness to listen to the perspectives of others with no compromise. Only by doing this can we develop inclusionary approaches to challenges that affect the lives of millions