The public opening session of the fourth Danish-Arab Interfaith Dialogue conference took place at Faellessalen at the Danish Parliament in May 2016 and contained speeches by politicians, religious representatives and scholars.
The participants continued the dialogue at Borups Hoejskole.
Dr. Peter Mandaville, Senior Advisor on Religion and Global Affairs in the US Department of State, was interviewed by Rushy Rashid for the radio program “Rushy’s Roulette” on Radio24syv when he was in Copenhagen for the Danish-Arab Interfaith Dialogue Conference, 27-29 May 2016, on Interfaith Dialogue Confronting Extremism. Listen to the program here (Rushys Roulette uge 22, 2016 (1) – partly in Danish and English).
From the introduction:
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