Saturday, June 09, 2007

Dubai cultural centre to help preserve Sinai monastery’s manuscript collection
That’s right, neither persecution nor toying with other religions (not the same as studying them) but the good kind of interfaith news, highest-common-denominator relations between two conservative, monotheistic Abrahamic faiths

Juma al-Majid (left) presents a scanned copy of a religious text from the Juma al-Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage to Archbishop Damianos of Sinai.

Samer al-Batal writes: Another gesture of goodwill towards Christians from the tolerant and liberal* United Arab Emirates, following last week’s establishment of ties between the country and the Holy See.
There are more than 4,000 volumes in the collection, most of them in Greek, with others in, among other languages, Arabic, Syriac, Slav[on]ic, Latin and Georgian.
Bishop Kallistos (Ware) writes:
The Church of Sinai is in some ways a "freak" in the Orthodox world, consisting as it does in a single monastery, Saint Catherine’s, at the foot of the Mountain of Moses. There is some disagreement about whether the monastery should be termed an "autocephalous" or merely an "autonomous" Church. The abbot, who is always an archbishop, is elected by the monks and consecrated by the Patriarch of Jerusalem; the monastery is entirely independent of outside control.
Muhammad handed down a charter protecting it.

Islam is the Mormonism of Orthodoxy.

*Tolerant and liberal in the good, classical senses.

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