Presentation by Raphaël Deillon.
their foundation, the White Fathers have been in Muslim
since their Religious Society was founded in Algeria.
This desire for dialogue therefore arose quite naturally
from a symbiosis
between Christians and Muslims.
Islam and Christianity have long opposed one another
on the political, military and religious fronts.
It is time we found ways to know one another better.
We have such a lot to share with one another
religious writings themselves invite us to listen
"At various times in the past and in various
different ways, God spoke
Letter to the Hebrews, 1:1"
"If God had wanted it, he would have made
of you a single people, but he wanted you to seek
it, in order to develop the gifts he gave you."
Sura 5: 48
Lavigerie, Founder of the White Fathers, gave his
Missionaries the mandate to maintain relations of
friendship and service between Christians and Muslims
and to do this with the greatest respect for each
actively present in Lebanon,
Jerusalem, in Algeria, Tunisia, Niger,
Mali, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, etc.,
they try never to attempt between them what they can
undertake with believers of other religions. There
are so many areas today where we can work together
as Christians and Muslims. We can advance the cause
of justice and peace and diminish poverty, forestall
and extinguish hotbeds of violence, help the displaced,
keep watch over the natural riches of our planet.
involved in the aim of this interreligious dialogue,
the White Fathers have founded several specialised
Institutes that enable a better understanding
of Muslim culture and faith and that open pathways
PISAI (Institut Pontifical d'Etudes Arabes
et Islamiques) Rome
For information, contact
See : *
Missionaries of Africa and the PISAI
University-standard Institute, preparing licentiate
or doctorate in 1, 2 or 3 years
l'IBLA (Institut des Belles Lettres Arabes)
In Bamako, Mali, l'IFIC
(Institut of Islam-Christian Formation)
In France, they collaborate
with the church of France and, in particular, the
Secretariat for the Relations with the Islam .( See
the network S.R.I.)
and also with the "Gric"
( Islam-Christian Group of Research)
You will also find the sites of magazines published
from this point of view, in particular:
: (PISAI Annual Review)
Kenya : *
Tangaza Kenya : Next
academic year : New Program of Islamic Studies
for Students of Theology
In Mali, in Bamako EN