Essays on the Alliance of Civilization
A New Series edited by Suheil Bushrui
and David Cadman
In July 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced a new initiative
called the "Alliance of Civilizations." Initially
co-sponsored by the prime ministers of Spain and Turkey, the Alliance
of Civilizations has a mandate "to bridge divides and overcome
prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which
potentially threatens world peace."
The founders of the Alliance have expressed particular concern
about the apparently widening breach between Western and Islamic
societies. They have, therefore, emphasized the need for a
countervailing movement based on respect for all religions and recognition
of humanity's fundamental interdependence. On a practical
level, the Alliance of Civilization has formed a secretariat and
has empanelled a High-Level Group to provide guidance on a series
of inter-civilizational and intercultural initiatives. The
secretariat of the Alliance of Civilizations has a mandate to establish
partnerships with educational and civil society programs that are
working to advance the cause of inter-cultural dialogue.
In support of the Alliance of Civilization, Professor Suheil
Bushrui (University of Maryland) and Professor David Cadman (Temos
Academy) will serve as general editors of a series of papers to
be published under the auspices of the Center for Heritage Resource
Studies at the University of Maryland.
The editors will inaugurate the series "Essays on the Alliance
of Civilizations" with a paper by His Royal Highness the
Prince of Whales entitled "Religion: The Ties That Bind,"
which will be published with his gracious permission. Subsequent
essays will be released approximately every six months
- for a recent UMD press release on the Series, please click
More about Professor Bushrui...
Professor Suheil Badi Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic,
translator, and media personality who is well known in the United
States, the Middle East, India, Africa, and the Arab world. Presently,
Bushrui is the first incumbent of CIDCM's Bahá'ì
Chair for World Peace, a position to which he was appointed
in July 1992. He retired from that position in January 2006. He is
the founder and current Director of UM's Kahlil
Gibran Research and Studies Project, which he now directs while
participating in the Center for Heritage Resource Studies. Well known
for his seminal studies in English of the works of W.B. Yeats and
for his translations of Yeats' poetry into Arabic, Bushrui is also
the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran.
Professor Bushrui's published work is extensive, in both English
and Arabic; his work on Gibran, in particular, has been translated
into French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. His most recent publications
include: the first annotated edition of Gibran's The Prophet
(1995); The Ethical Dimensions of Science, Art, Religion, and
Politics (1996, co-edited with Miles Bradbury); and a forthcoming
university textbook on the religions of the world entitled The
Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race: An Introduction, as
well as an up-to-date biography of Gibran entitled Kahlil Gibran:
Man and Poet.