Author: Dr. Majeda Omar, The University of Jordan - Former Director, RIIFS

Dr. Majeda Omar is Associate Professor of Contemporary Western Philosophy at The University of Jordan, Amman. Former Director of The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), in this capacity she has been engaged in awareness and educational programs on the role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in promoting peaceful coexistence, combating extremism, and overcoming sectarianism in the MENA region, along the lines of the “Amman Message Initiative” launched by HM King Abdullah II. Religious leaders, youth, and women were the main target groups of her work, which also focused on social media as a space for promoting interfaith relations. She advocated for interreligious peace-building within the context of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, endorsed by the UN General Assembly on a proposal from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and addressed the UN Conference on the “Role of religious leaders from the Middle East and North Africa region in preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes”, as well as other international seminaries and events, such as those organized by RIIFS in collaboration with the Al Azhar Al Sharif University, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), and the Rabita Mohammedia of Ulemas, Kingdom of Morocco. Prior, Dr. Majeda Omar served as Senior Researcher at the Majlis El Hassan, Royal Hashemite Court, and held the positions of Head of the Philosophy Department, Director of the Scientific Research Documentation Office, and Director of the Department of Media and Public Relations, at the University of Jordan. She earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Yarmouk University, Jordan; a Diploma in Philosophical Studies and an M.A. in Philosophy, from the University of Jordan.