Publication Launched to Promote Dialogue With Islam

VENICE, Italy, MARCH 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A publication has just been launched to promote an open and respectful dialogue with Islam, and to support Christian minorities in predominantly Muslim countries.

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The review, entitled Oasis/al-Waha/Nakhlistan, is an initiative of Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice.

Initially, Oasis will be published twice a year. Edited by a committee of experts from around the world, it is published in four editions: English-Arabic, English-Urdu, French-Arabic and Italian-Arabic. Most of its readers will be in Europe, Africa and Asia.

In addition to scientific articles, Oasis will publish documents, interviews, and reports as well as film and book reviews. It will include a photographic service, which, in the inaugural edition is dedicated to life in a Coptic Christian community in Cairo.

Recipients of the first 7,000 copies are figures of the ecclesial, cultural, and political realms of various countries.

The cover of the first issue of Oasis, published at the end of February, focuses on “Majorities and Minorities.”

The review is published by the Oasis International Studies and Research Center, which forms part of the Studium Generale Marcianum, the academic and cultural center recently set up by the Patriarchate of Venice.

More information is available through oasis@marcianum.it.

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