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March 5, 2011

New Arabic Edition of Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue Published

Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue

CAIRO, Egypt: The Egyptian Ministry of Culture's National Center for Translation has published a new Arabic edition of Global Civilization: A Buddhist-Islamic Dialogue, authored by Dr. Majid Tehranian and Daisaku Ikeda. Dr. Tehranian was born in Iran and is an expert on the international political economy of culture with a focus on Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific affairs. From 1996 to 2008 he served as the first director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, a think tank founded by Mr. Ikeda. Dr. Tehranian has taught at both Harvard and Oxford universities, and at several universities in Tehran.

In their dialogue, which is 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 on Buddhist-Islamic encounters since the seventh century, but also their views on universal human rights, the mutual flourishing of cultures and peaceful existence in the modern world.

Professor Mohammad El-Sayed Selim, who translated Global Civilization into Arabic, described the work as a model on which future Islamic-Buddhist discussions could be based. Professor Selim is a former director of Cairo University's Center for Asian Studies and also teaches at Kuwait University.

Global Civilization is also available in Japanese, English, French, Italian, Thai, Farsi, Dutch, Indonesian and traditional Chinese.

[Adapted from an article in the March 5, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]