Nayla Tabbara
Associated organisations: 
Alumni association of the American University of Beirut
Field(s) of expertise: 
Interfaith dialogue
Areas of Impact: 
Quality Education

Personal information

Nayla Tabbara
Co-founder, Vice-Chairman, Director

Contact information (Work)

+961 1 393211 ext: 177

Work history

Previous Professions: 
  • Director of Cross-Cultural Studies Department, 2011-present, ADYAN Foundation.
  • Lecturer, 2011-present, Near East School of Theology.
  • Lecturer, 2004 - present, Saint-Joseph University, Faculty of science of religions, Institute of Islamo-Christian studies (IEIC), Superior Institute of Religious Sciences (ISSR), and Institute of Oriental Languages.
  • Advisor of theses (MA and PhD), 2008 - present, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon.
  • Trainer in interreligious dialogue - Permanent formation to dialogue, 2005 - present.
  • Director of Alwan department, for education on diversity, coexistence and citizenship in Lebanese schools, 2008-2011, ADYAN Foundation.
  • Coordinator of programs in Science of Religions, 2007- 2009, Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon.
  • Invited professor, 2006, University of Montréal, Canada.
  • Teacher of World Religions for children (ages 7-11), 2005 - 2008, Collège Protestant Français, Lebanon.

Major Achievements

Publications (Books, Articles, Reports, etc.): 
  • Tabbara, N. (Ed.). (2012). What about the other: a question for intercultural education in the 21st century. ADYAN and NDU Publications.
  • Tabbara, N. (2012). Al-tarbiya ala al-ta'adudiya al-diniya [Education on religious diversity]. In Daou F. (Ed.), Al-tarbiya ala al-ayich al mushtaraq fi zul muwatana hadina lil tanawu' al-dini [Education on coexistence in the framework of intercultural citizenship] (pp. 76-93). Lebanon: ADYAN and Saint Paul Publications.
  • Daou, F. & Tabbara, N. (2011). Al-rahaba al-ilahiya: Lahut al-akhar fi al-masihiya wal Islam [Divine hospitality, Christian and Muslim theologies of the other]. Lebanon: Saint Paul Publications.
  • Tabbara, N. (2011). Le dialogue comme voie de renouveau en theologie musulmane [Dialogue as a track for renewal in muslim theology]. Sur le chemin de l'autre: éduquer au dialogue interreligieux en méditerranée [On the path of the other: educating on interreligious dialogue in the mediterranean region] (pp. 175-187). Marseille: Chemins de Dialogue.
  • Spivak, D. & Tabbara, N. (Eds.). (2009). Christianity and Islam in context of the contemporary culture: Perspectives of interfaith dialogue from Russia and the Middle East. Moscow: UNESCO.
  • Tabbara, N. (2008). Chrétiens et musulmans au Proche-Orient arabe: Quelle rencontre? [Christians and Muslims in the Arab near-east: What encounter?]. Proche Orient Chrétien, 58, 95-121.
  • Tabbara, N. (2008). Demeures, Nafs, Chakras : Comparaisons entre expériences mystiques Chrétienne, Musulmane et Védique [Comparisons between mystical experiences in Islam, Christianity and Vedic traditions]. L’Orient des Dieux, VII-IX, 91-106.
  • Tabbara, N. (2008). Knowing God in Islam through His Names. Dialogue of Truth for life together2, 15-42.
  • Tabbara, N. (2008). Ma’rifatu Allah fil Islâm [Knowing God in Islam]. Dialogue of Truth for life together, 2, 13-37.
  • Tabbara, N. (2008). La Parole de Dieu dans l’exégèse coranique : Du particulier à l’universel [The word of God in Qur’anic exegesis: From the particular to the universal]. In F. Daou (Ed.), Ecritures et traditions, diversité des lectures (pp. 107 - 122). Beirut: ISSR - USJ.
Major achievements: 
  • Recipient of the Scholarship for Summer Academy Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2007.
  • Co-founder of ADYAN, 2006.
  • Recipient of the Scholarship for Theological Studies in Rome from the Pontifical Council for the Dialogue between Religions, 2001.


  • Civil Peace Award (for ADYAN) received by "Wahdatouna Khalasouna", 2011.
  • Berytech Incubation Award (received for ADYAN for best project for e-courses and teaching and training resources on Religious Issues) , 2008.

Competences & Skills

Field(s) of Expertise: 
  • Quranic Exegesis
  • Sufism
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • Muslim Feminism
  • World Religions
  • Cross-Cultural Education