The Values That Bind Us: Promoting Shared Values and Respect for Diversity
01:00am to 02:30am - February 22, 2019
Bussola Institute, Square de Meeûs 28 1000 Get directions






A discussion with world-renowned scholar John L. Esposito, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding


Time 13:00 - 14:30 With a light lunch 22 March 2019
Venue Bussola Institute Square de Meeûs 28, Brussels 1000

Following on the visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates, the discussion will focus on the key questions concerning shared values, tolerance and respect for diversity, and the importance of inter-faith understanding and dialogue while concentrating on the practical and concrete steps that could be taken in order to build more tolerant and inclusive societies, also from a religious perspective.

What are both the current obstacles and opportunities that can be explored between Europe and the USA and the Middle East as societies across all sides facing numerous challenges? What should be key priorities in designing a pro-active agenda in terms of shared values, tolerance and respect for diversity?


Professor John L. Esposito

University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Bridge Initiative: Protecting Pluralism – Ending Islamophobia in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross.

Past President of the American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association of North America, Esposito has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and the E. C. European Network of Experts on DeRadicalisation, a Senior Scientist for The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments, corporations, universities, and media worldwide.

Esposito’s more than 55 books include: Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know; Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring; Religion and Violence; Islamophobia and Radicalization; Key Islamic Thinkers; Islam and Politics Around the World; Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, The Future of Islam; Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century; Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam; The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam and Politics, Makers of Contemporary Islam and Islam and Democracy (with John O. Voll), Asian Islam in the 21st Century; Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy; Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam; Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?; Iran at the Crossroads; Islam, Gender, and Social Change. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 45 languages.

Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.).

Esposito’s interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times of London, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito.