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Professor Tariq Ramadan and Greek Orthodox Bishop
Kallistos Ware led a field of speakers, artists,
writers and scholars in presenting the Third Edinburgh
International Festival on Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace,
from 8 February to 12 March 2006.
Professor Tariq Ramadan
gave the 2006 Middle East Festival Lecture
and the West in a Quest for a Just and Peaceful World,'
and Bishop Kallistos Ware participated in the conference, Pathways
of the Heart, and gave the 2006 Middle East Festival
Conference Lecture, ‘Acquiring Inner Peace.’ These
followed on from the 2005 Middle East Festival Lecture which
was given by the three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Abuna
Elias Chacour, on ‘Spiritual Approaches
to Middle East Peace.’
distinguished musicians and artists participating in MESP 2006
included Yair Dalal, Omar
Faruk Tekbilek, Davod Azad, Latif Bolat, Beth Bahia Cohen and Yasmin
Levy. Yair Dalal, composer,
violinist and oud player is probably the most prolific Israeli
ethnic musician today. Omar Faruk
Tekbilek is honoured
as a peacemaker and virtuoso who brilliantly interprets the Sufi,
Folk, and Contemporary music of the Middle East. Davod
an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist mastering in
the Iranian Classical music, the Azeri folk music, the Ancient
Persian music, and the Persian Sufi music. One of the most distinguished
Turkish musicians in the United States, Latif
Bolat plays the folk
and spiritual music of Turkey on a traditional instrument called
a baglama (saz). Beth Bahia Cohen is a master
of the violin and various bowed instruments from the Middle East
and the Balkans. In her deep, spiritual and moving style of singing, Yasmin
Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful
and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing
it with Andalusian Flamenco. News! Waterboys
founder and frontman Mike Scott was added to the
line-up for the OneWorld concert on 18 February.
The conference and Festival are non-political in nature taking
no fixed position on any political, ethical or cultural question.
It intends rather to create a forum in which we can listen to each
other more deeply and learn with more open minds and hearts.