Dr. Nayla Tabbara

Location of Activities

West Asia
Co-Founder, Adyan Foundation

Dr. Nayla Tabbara is director of the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management at Adyan, Foundation for Diversity, Solidarity and Human Dignity. She holds a PhD in Science of Religions from École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris and Saint Joseph University, Beirut. She is also a muslim woman theologian and a university professor in religious and Islamic studies. She has published works in the fields of Islamic theology of other religions, education on interreligious and intercultural diversity, Qur’anic exegesis and Sufism. She works on curricula development (formal and non-formal) for multifaith education and inclusive citizenship.

She has received the Gold Medal of the French Renaissance Award and the Special Jury award of the Fr. Jacques Hamel Prize (2019) and the Ecritures et Spiritualités Award for her book L’islam pensé par une femme.

Main Publications: 

1.) Daou, Fadi and Tabbara, Nayla. “Divine Hospitality, Christian and Muslim theologies of the other” (in French L’Hospitalité divine: L’autre dans le dialogue des théologies chrétienne et musulmane). Lebanon, Beirut, 2011. (Published in Arabic, French, English and German) 

2.) Tabbara, Nayla. “A woman’s interpretation of Islam” (in French : L’islam pensé par une femme). Paris, Bayard, 2018

3.) Tabbara, Nayla. “The spiritual path according to sufi commentaries of the Qur’an” (In French : L’itinéraire spirituel d’après les commentaires soufis du Coran). Paris, Vrin, 2018

4.) Tabbara, Nayla. “What About The Other? A question for cross-cultural education in the 21st century”, Lebanon. Adyan/NDU publications, 2012

5.) Tabbara, Nayla. “Islamic Studies in the Contemporary world: a cross cultural challenge”. Collection: “Religions and Public Affairs”, vol. 2. Dar al Farabi/Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management. Beirut, 2016

Areas of Actions: 
DiversityShared Human ValuesDemocracy, Social Cohesion and CitizenshipReligious, Confessional and Spiritual Activities
Forms of Actions: 
Educational Programmes