Common Word Panelists Examine Religious Struggles After Arab Spring

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, talks about the struggle of religious pluralism in emerging democracies after Arab Spring.

APRIL 24, 2013 – SCHOLARS AND THEOLOGIANS FROM around the world gathered at Georgetown to discuss Muslim-Christian understanding, religious pluralism and religious freedom today during this year’s A Common Word conference.

“The Boundaries of Religious Pluralism and Freedom: The Devil is in the Detail” marks the fifth anniversary of the historic Common Word initiative, which is was created after A Common Word: A Global Agenda for Change symposium took place at Georgetown in October 2009.

Speakers and panelists at today’s conference explored the challenges of religious pluralism and conflict resolution in post-Arab Spring governments such as Egypt and Tunisia, and explored the revolutions’ impacts on religious freedom, civil liberties and security, equality of citizenship and gender relations.

Sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Office of the President, the conference was originally scheduled for Oct. 31 but was cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.