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We live in a global age in which one act, whether political, economic, religious, or cultural, can have a worldwide impact. We share a common future and it will take the cooperation of all segments of society to live in harmony with one another.

Hans Küng, a world-renown scholar and friend of Oman, has offered this paradigm:

No peace among the nations
without peace among the religions

No peace among the religions
without dialogue between the religions

Al Amana Centre believes in, and is promoting, a substantial dialogue leading to deeper understanding between Christians and Muslims worldwide. It is guided by the words of Jesus Christ when he commanded his disciples to love their neighbors as themselves.

Al Amana Centre’s work arises out of a legacy of over one hundred and twenty years of interfaith cooperation. In 1893, members of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), with the blessing of the Sultan, arrived in Muscat to serve the people of Oman. With the help of Omanis, and later many Indians, they began a program of medical and educational development. Following the nationalization of Oman’s medical and educational sectors in the 1970s a new vision emerged in response to the challenges of a world in which tensions between Christians and Muslims were on the rise. The Reformed Church in America encouraged the creation of an ecumenical center to work on building bridges of understanding and cooperation between Muslims and Christians. Al Amana was created out of this idea and now works with religious, educational, civic, and government leaders of Oman to develop programs in Christian-Muslim dialogue and relations.

We live in a world of misinformed stereotypes where media sound bites determine our attitudes toward other religions. Oman’s openness, tolerance, and hospitality make it an ideal place to introduce international guests to history and practice of Islam in Oman, to the culture of Oman and to the diversity of Oman’s interfaith context. Through our programs we hope to correct misinformation and to work for the reconciliation that our faith requires.

To accomplish this, the Centre:
Develops programs to help international guests understand and appreciate Omani culture, tradition and religion;
Cooperates with Religious leaders to support their interfaith and intercultural initiatives of peaceful coexistence;
Pursues opportunities for cooperation that contribute to the common good of the communities in which we live.

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