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Country: Saudi Arabia Language: English, Arabic
Organizations: Princess Noura Bent Abdurrahman University
Expertise: Islamic Studies, Gender, Human Rights Focus area: Academic Religious affiliation: Islam

Head of Islamic Studies Department, Princess Noura Bent Abdurrahman University, Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nourah Alhasawi holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and specializes in Sunnah, the Prophet Mohammed`s biography, teachings and their documentation. She is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Islamic Studies Department in Princess Noura Bent Abdurrahman University in Riyadh. During her career, she held a number of positions such as Vice Dean for Students Affairs and Head of the Female Department of the "Awareness and Social rehabilitation Society". Nourah holds accreditation as a trainer from the International Academy for Training (Antrac) and is also an accredited trainer with the King Abdul-Aziz Centre for National Dialogue. She has participated in many training-related activities such as program design, social work and specialized academic research. Nourah is the author of Your Guide to Successful Dialogue among Civilizations, published by the King Abdulaziz Centre for National Dialogue. Her other published works include Evidence of a Sole Narrator of Hadeeth, The Life of Aisha, and The Marriage System in Arab Society Before and After Islam.

Fellows Project: Two Women, Two Religions, Two Cultures: A Dialogue

During their participation in the KAICIID International Fellows Programme 2015, Nourah Alhasawi and Janani Chaitanya, two women from diverse religious backgrounds, committed to working together as a team in a project to produce a book – a book about dialogue. Their book is an attempt to capture their personal experiences and show the innate

challenges of dialogue across cultures and religions and to promote the use of the methodologies of interreligious dialogue. This book was a unique way to bring the two practitioners together to address and evaluate their own stereotypes. This project will produce learning material that will serve student trainers and facilitators of dialogue who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of the values and power of dialogue, as a resource and tool of conflict reconciliation. “We have incorporated the valuable interreligious dialogue training that we have received from our professors at KAICIID. Given their own expertise in the field of interreligious dialogue and working within different cultures, we hope to understand and further highlight how various difficulties can be approached and successfully resolved.”

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