The AUD School of Arts and Sciences was prominently showcased recently during the Christians Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World (CAFCAW) academic conference as one of its notable faculty members, Dr. Pamela Chrabieh - Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, gave a presentation on ‘Major Current Challenges in the Middle East’.
The goal of the conference is to bring together Middle Eastern scholars, peacebuilding and interfaith organizations, and political and media figures, to assess the current situation of Christians in the Middle East and Interfaith Dialogue, as well as propose alternative worldviews, narratives and projects facing the culture of violence. To initiate a regional dialogue among academicians from diverse backgrounds and identities and launch a common platform of thought renewal and applied research.
As a founding member of CAFCAW and member of its executive committee, Dr. Chrabieh presented an overview of major current challenges facing most Middle Eastern countries and Middle Easterners, including the lack of balanced politics-religions relations, of pluralistic social-political systems and human/natural resources’ management; youth unemployment and emigration; obstacles to the effective realization of human rights/women’s rights; extremisms and the culture of violence.
The academic event followed three previous conferences in 2014 (Amman, Istanbul) where Middle Eastern Christian and Muslim scholars, religious leaders, media figures and politicians gathered to tackle and debate issues related to religions-politics’ relations, Interfaith Dialogue, Christians’ roles and situations and theology/fiqh of public life.
 Fiqh: Islamic Jurisprudence; human understanding of sharia