SINGAPORE - Two prominent religious leaders from Egypt, a Muslim and an Anglican, will speak next Monday at the inauguration of a programme looking at inter-religious relations in conflict-ridden societies.
The former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa, 62, and Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, 64, will be keynote speakers at this two-day event.
The new programme, known as the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies (SRP), will be launched by President Tony Tan Keng Yam next Monday. About 400 religious leaders, civil servants and students will attend the event.
The Straits Times understands that billionaire remisier Peter Lim has donated $3 million to support the SRP's work.
Sheikh Gomaa and Archbishop Mouneer are inspirational leaders who have travelled around the world giving talks on how they work together to counter sectarian violence in Egypt. Both are known for their tireless work in bridging the gap between the Muslims and Christians in Egypt, and around the world.
Egypt is trying to shake off its mood of misery after a burst of violent unrest that erupted after a coup which overthrew president Mohammed Mursi last July.
It is also a bitterly divided nation with a crippled economy and low-level insurgency.
The two leaders, who were invited to Singapore by the SRP, will also be speaking at several venues on ways of bringing different faiths together to counter religious extremism and violence.