Pope Francis and Dr Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Al Sharif, sign the 'Human Fraternity Document. Photo: https://uaepapalvisit.org

Human Fraternity: Commentary on the 2019 Abu Dhabi Document

Issue 1907

20 June 2019

On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb signed a joint declaration of goodwill.[1] The text calls for a commentary from both a Catholic theological and Islamic studies point of view.[2] First, however, some remarks on context are due.

Comparable texts have been signed before. Among them are the final declarations of the four seminars of the Catholic-Muslim Forum.[3] This time, in contrast, delegations were not the signatories, but rather the Pontiff himself and an Islamic leader. This elevates the importance of the text, but also of the Islamic interlocutor.

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