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Open Forum 2012 - Overcoming Religious Tensions in Europe

http://www.weforum.org/01.27.2012True religious faith cannot be reconciled with xenophobia and racism, yet it is often used as a justification for both. Although people of many different religions live together in Europe, they often have difficulty understanding each other.- How can people's understanding of different religions in Europe be improved?- How important is awareness of one's own religious identity?- To what extent is increased interaction between people of different religions an effective measure against xenophobia and racism?- What is the role of religious fundamentalism in this context?The session includes:Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Defence of NorwayPinchas Goldschmidt, President, European Conference of Rabbis, BelgiumShadi Hamid, Director, Research, Brookings Doha Center, QatarAmr Khaled, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Right Star Foundation International, EgyptGottfried Locher, President of the Council, Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Switzerland
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