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Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue


The financial commitment and support of The Levant Foundation helped launch the Swiss based Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD) in 1999. The Board of Trustees includes His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Excellency Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt (who replaced Foundation co-founder and Trustee, His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI), Chief Rabbi Rene-Samuel Sirat, former Chief Rabbi of France, Mr. Sayyed Jawad Al-Khoei, Al-Khoei Foundation, His Eminence Emmanuel Adamakis, Metropolitan of France, Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union, Maitre Michel Halperin, Lawyer, Member of the Grand Conseil de la Republique et Canton de Geneve and its President in 2006, His Eminence Professor Damaskinos Papandreou, former Metropolitan of Switzerland and Director of the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Chambes/Geneva), and Mr. Jamal Daniel, also FIIRD co-founder, current Vice President, and Trustee. FIIRD developed a program with the University of Geneva in Switzerland to pursue its scholarly and humanistic goals with the main objective of fostering understanding of the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The first goal of the Foundation was to publish the three holy texts as a single set of books, to enable people everywhere not only to draw on the spiritual source of their own faith, but also to become better acquainted with the spiritual sources of their neighbors’ faith. In 2006 this was accomplished with the publication of the boxed set of the three Holy Books, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Holy Qur'an.

In Rome on February 2007, the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue presented His Holiness Benedict XVI, who was one of the Founding Members of the Foundation, with a boxed set of the three Holy Books.  Upon Pope Benedict’s receipt of the three Holy Books he remarked, "Indeed, this was the very first project we conceived of in creating the Foundation together, so as to ‘make a specific and positive contribution to the dialogue between cultures and religions’".

The second goal FIIRD, strongly supported by the Levant Foundation, was to create a post-doctoral programme at the University of Geneva in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue whereby several Fellows, each possessing a PhD in theology, philosophy, history or other humanities and dedicated to further their knowledge and understanding of the monotheistic religions, participate in approved research and publish their results all done with the goal of searching for peace between the major Religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The post-doctoral fellows of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural research and Dialogue, past and present, will be admitted to an exclusive alumni association including like graduates of Interreligious studies programmes at sister institutes of higher education and will commit to participate in future organized forums, networks and exchanges to broaden interfaith understanding and outreach.

Through its collaboration with the University of Geneva, FIIRD seeks to offer hope and justice in a war-torn world. Having accepted this serious responsibility themselves, FIIRD's members call on everyone of good faith to contribute to this common cause.


H. E. Monseigneur Fitzgerald, Ms Roula Daniel, Chief Rabbi Sirat, H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, H. E. Damaskinos Papandreo, H. H. Pope Benedictus 16, H. E. Cardinal Poupard, H. E. Cardinal Kasper, M. Al Khoei, Me Halpérin, Dr. Vachicouras H. E. Monseigneur Fitzgerald, Ms Roula Daniel, Chief Rabbi Sirat, H.R.H. Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, H. E. Damaskinos Papandreo, Dr. Vachicouras, H. H. Pope Benedictus 16, H. E. Cardinal Poupard, H. E. Cardinal Kasper, Me Halpérin
Pope Benedict 16 with Ch.R. Sirat, H.R.H. Prince Hassan, H.E. Damaskinos, and partly H.Damaskinos
Pope Benedict 16 with Ch.R. Sirat, H.R.H. Prince Hassan, H.E. Damaskinos, and partly H.Damaskinos