jamal daibes

John A. Mackay Visiting Professor of World Christianity
Department of History and Ecumenics
Carriage House
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Fr. Jamal Daibes is the John A. Mackay Visiting Professor of World Christianity for the spring term 2013. He earned his Ph.D. (1999) and his M.A. (1996) degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1988, at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

Fr. Jamal is dean of the Faculty of Arts, professor of theology, and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University in Palestine. During his tenure there, he has been involved in conversations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and has participated in inter-religious dialogue and in conferences on justice and non-violence in the region. While at Princeton Seminary, he is teaching two courses: “Religions and Peace in the Holy Land,” which focuses on the role of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how religious people can contribute to peace; and “Palestinian Contextual Theology,” focusing on the history, politics, and religion of Palestine and the challenges facing Palestinian Christians in the areas of scriptural interpretation and interreligious dialogue.


Major Publications
Vers la Pleine Communion—Catholiques et Orthodoxes en Dialogue  (Towards Full Communion— Catholics and Orthodox in Dialogue), The Latin Patriarchate Printing Press,  April 1999 (in French).
Opportunities and Threats for Religions in Conflict and Violence: How (Not) to Use the Name of God, in Jacques Haers et al. (editors), Postcolonial Europe in the Crucible of Cultures. Reckoning with God in a World of Conflicts, Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam 2007.
“Juden und Christen—diese Seite des Dialogs (Jews and Christians—this Side of Dialogue),” Okumenische Rundschau, April–June 2/2012, pp. 185–196 (in German).