"Alliance of Cultures and Religions for Peace" is the title of the new collective work that has just been published under the direction of Moroccan researcher Moha Ennaji
The book deals with the means to strengthen the role of cultural and religious dialogue in the consolidation of modernity and democratic culture while emphasising the human and social dimension and proposes to open new avenues for reflection and other perspectives for the debate on the necessity of the alliance of cultures and religions for a global peace.
The new publication focuses on several areas including " insights into the aspects of the mixing of cultures and religions", "Amazigh heritage in Maghreb civilisation and culture", "culture", "religion and the state", "identities culture and globalisation, "the role of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue" and "the alliance of cultures and religions".
The book includes the proceedings of the Amazigh international forum organised from 24 to 26 July 2015 in Fez by the Fez-Sais Association, the South North Center, and the Spirit of Fez Foundation in partnership with the Fez-Meknes Region, the BMCE Foundation and the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture.
The South-North Center, the collective responsible for the book, focuses on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue and the role of culture in the process of democratisation and peace building. It integrates in its approach the social, economic, cultural, religious and political dimensions and dissects the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of multiculturalism.
Moha Ennaji (موحى الناجي); is a Moroccan linguist, author, political critic, and civil society activist. He is a university professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fes, where he has worked for over 30 years. In addition to his publications in linguistics, he has written on language, education, migration, politics, and gender, and is the author or editor of over 20 books.
At the Middle East Institute Ennaji's research has included gender issues, language and migration. His works include Multilingualism, Cultural Identity and Education in Morocco (Springer, New York, 2005), "Language and Gender in the Mediterranean Region", International Journal of the Sociology of Language issue 190, editor (The Hague, 2008), Migration and Gender in Morocco, co-authored (Red Sea Press, 2008), Women Writing Africa, the Northern Region, co-edited (The Feminist Press, 2009). Women in the Middle East, co-edited (Routledge, 2010), Gender and Violence in the Middle East (Routledge, 2011).
Moha Ennaji is a professor at Fès University and a visiting professor at Rutgers University. He is the president of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and a founding president of the International Institute for Languages and Cultures at Fès, Morocco. His writing has also appeared in international publications including Common Ground News, Project Syndicate, Al-Safir, Al-Ahram, Khaleej Times, Japan Times, The Boston Globe and in many Arabic newspapers.