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July 12, 2010

Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue Published in Indonesian and Traditional Chinese

Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue

Indonesian edition of Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Mizan Publishing House has released an Indonesian edition of Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue by Dr. Majid Tehranian and Daisaku Ikeda. Presently a visiting professor at Soka University of America, Iran-born Dr. Tehranian served as the first director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a think tank founded by Mr. Ikeda, from 1996 to 2008.

In their dialogue--the culmination of eight years of discussions and correspondence--the authors seek common ground across religious traditions and civilizations. Not only do they share their views of Buddhist-Islamic encounters since the seventh century, but also their views on universal human rights, the mutual flourishing of cultures and peaceful coexistence in the modern world.

Dr. Tehranian, who is an expert on the international political economy of culture with a focus on Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific affairs, has also taught at Harvard and Oxford universities, as well as at several universities in Tehran.

A new traditional Chinese edition of Global Civilization was also recently published by The Commercial Press, Hong Kong. To date, the book is also available in Japanese, English, French, Italian, Thai, Arabic, Farsi and Dutch.

[Adapted from articles in the June 16 and July 12, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]