Following the two previous international conferences (composite societies and conquering societies in the Middle East, 2014; Multilingual societies in the Middle East, 2015), the International Centre for Human Sciences – Byblos, in partnership with the College de France  (Paris) , l’École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) and  l’Université de Paris-Est (Créteil), completes the trilogy with a third international conference on the 7th , 8th  and 9th  September 2016 under the title of “multi-confessionnel societies in the Middle East “.


Program of the Colloquium


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

9.30 – 10.00 pm (Reception and registration)

Opening Session

10:00 am – 10:30

  • Lebanese National Anthem
  • Allocution by the partner universities
  • Allocution by the International Centre for Human Sciences
  • Allocution by the Minister of Culture

Coffee Break (10.30 – 11.00)


1st session (11:00-13:00) – HISTORICAL CONNOTATIONS

Moderator: Jean-Michel MOUTON (France)


  • Jean-Luc FOURNET (France), Professor at the Collège de France, Paris: “Religious tensions in Egypt of late antiquity” (In French).
  • Michaël GUICHARD (France), Professor at the EcolePratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris: “The Mesopotamian kings and peoples of the Middle East: good pastors or tyrants?” (In French).
  • Jacques PAVIOT (France), Professor at the Université Paris-EstCréteil: “The crusaders against the multi-confessionalism Middle East” (In French).

Lunch (13:00 – 14:30)


2nd session (14:30-16:30)CONTRASTS AND CONTROVERSIES

Moderator: Rima MAWLOUD (Lebanon)


  • Jean-Michel MOUTON (France), Director of Studies at the EcolePratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris: “A new Christian-Muslim controversy text preserved in a manuscript of the Great Mosque of Damascus (Xth century)” (In French).
  • Patrick HENRIET (France), Professor at the EcolePratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris “Miguel Asín Palacios (1871-1944), Christianity and Islam: theses, ideology, reception “(In French).
  • Liliane ZEIDAN KHOURY (Lebanon), Professor at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and the Lebanese University: “the multi-confessional Lebanon: country of associated contrasts. A replay of the incident of 10 July 1920 “(In French).


Thursday, September 8, 2016


Moderator: Badia MAZBOUDI (Lebanon)


  • Gerhard WEINBERGER (Austria), Ambassador of Austria in Tunisia: “Religion and Monotheism: A contribution of the anthropological philosophy” (In French).
  • Philippe PORTIER (France), Professor at the EcolePratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris: “States and multi-confessional societies: debates about management modes of the religious plurality” (In French).
  • Béligh NABLI (France), Director of Research at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations, Paris: “The question of identity: a political stake in the Mediterranean” (In French).

Coffee Break (11:30 – 11:45)


Moderator: Khalil KHAIRALLAH


  • Khaled ZIADE (Lebanon), Former Ambassador of Lebanon to Egypt: “Production of minorities” (in Arabic).
  • May MOGIB MASAD (Egypt), Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Cairo (dialectical relations between the society and the state: The case of Coptic Egypt between 2011-2015) (In Arabic ).
  • Abdelhussein SHAABAN (Iraq), thinker and expert in International Law and Human Rights: “State and Law: Sect and Confessionalismand the notion of minority and majority” (In Arabic).

Lunch Break (13:45. – 15:00)

5th session (15:00-17:00)CASE STUDIES

Moderator: Imtisale ZEINEDDINE


  • Mohamed HADDAD (Tunisia), Founder of the Observatory of Arab Freedom of Religion: “Religious implosion of Maghreb” (In French).
  • Souheil NATOUR (Palestine), Writer legal scholar and political activist: “The structure of Palestinian sects facing the occupation and the flux of expulsion” (In Arabic).
  • Thaer DIB (Syria), Writer and researcher at the Arab Center for Political Research and Studies: “Sects and Confessionalism in Syria: critique of the two notions of community and consociational democracy” (in Arabic).


Friday, September 9, 2016

Closing Session of the colloquium (11:00 – 13:00)


Speaker: Abdelhamid FENINA (Tunisia), Lecturer at the University of Tunisia, “The monetary workshop of Tunisia under the Husaynides: an example of multi-confessional institution” (In French).

Closing and Vind’honneur

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