A new programme ‘Studies of Interreligious Relations in Plural Societies’ (SRP) was recently set up at Nanyang Technological University’s graduate school, RSIS, in Singapore. Its inaugural event saw the former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa, the Anglican Archbishop of Egypt and Jerusalem and the Middle East, Most Rev. Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis, and other illustrious speakers talk about interreligious relations in their societies, including, in the Singapore context representatives of the Daoist and Buddhist traditions. It was attended by the President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, and other ministers of the government.
It is a sign of the times that discussions on interfaith dialogue and religion received such prominent discussion, featuring in Singapore’s leading newspaper the Straits Times (see a pre-event announcement here: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/one-muslim-one-anglican-one-goal-peace) and attracting the president and government ministers.
A photo of the president unveiling a plaque to mark the event: