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The Halal Monk project had two aims: to be a concrete project of sincere interreligious dialogue and to seek for ways out of the cultural and religious impasse our world seems to be creating. 

Within efforts of interreligious dialogue the more difficult questions are often circumvented by superficial talks in which the different parties respectfully listen but seldom truly engage. Halal Monk therefore wanted to revive the tradition of true interreligious debate and discussion like it used to be held between wandering monks, travelling artists and journeying preachers. The Halal Monk project did not do so for the sake of the argument but because of the hope that such deeper debate might lead to unexpected solutions for the problems this world is facing.

 

The conversations

The islamic world is full of beautiful spirituality and mesmirising art. Both have the capability to fulfill the soul and bring us closer to God.

The monk therefore wished to learn from spiritual teachers and wanted to listen to inspiring artists. He wanted to dialogue with them in order to discover new ways of thinking. He wanted to talk with them about the world's situation and how to solve its problems.