Talk is done, now the hard part

James Reinl, United Nations Correspondent


  • Last Updated: August 02. 2008 11:17PM UAE / GMT

Mustafa Ceric, the grand mufti of Bosnia , right, reacts as Prince Ghazi of Jordan makes reference to him during a speech at the Yale conference. Jessica Hill / The National

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT // When Jordan’s Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad strode out of Yale University at the climax of weeklong talks between Muslim and Christian scholars, he was met with a standing ovation.

More than 150 religious leaders unanimously agreed to sign a resolution on similarities of faith, to respect “one another’s sacred symbols” and preach a message of commonality to “congregations, neighbours and friends” around the world.

But after the ovation died down, there lingered a nagging sense of doubt over whether the so-called process of interfaith dialogue could ever yield results in a world that is polarised not only by religion, but also by politics.

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