Joint Russian-Iranian Commission for the Dialogue “Orthodoxy-Islam”: History and Basic Principles of Interreligious Cooperation.

Melnik S.V.

Abstract

The article reviews the activities of the Joint Russian- Iranian Commission for the Dialogue “Orthodoxy-Islam”. The Commission was established in 1997 with the direct participation of the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad (the future His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia). The meetings of the Commission were held with a frequency of about once every two years alternately in Moscow and Tehran. The history of past meetings, the topics discussed are described, and excerpts from joint statements following the results of the meetings are given. The activities of the Commission are analyzed in the context of different types of interreligious dialogue.

Keywords

interreligious dialogue, Christian-Islamic dialogue, orthodoxy, Russian Orthodox Church, Islam, Russia, Iran, peacekeeping, eschatology, cooperation.

DOI: 10.31249/rimm/2022.01.10

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