UConn Abrahamic Programs serves as an innovative academic umbrella that fosters cross-border research collaboration, intercultural communication, and community engagement to explore emerging trends and issues of critical importance in the Middle East and North Africa. It builds on the intellectual foundations of Abrahamic thought and its three monotheistic faiths—which emphasize the value of acquiring knowledge, using reason, and acting with wisdom—complemented by the long-standing Connecticut tradition of innovative thinking and scientific discovery. Abrahamic Programs convenes a series of workshops that emphasize substantive, in-depth interactions that foster meaningful, lasting relationships and new collaborations.



"Abrahamic Traditions & Public Health in the MENA Region"

October 11-12, 2021  (Virtual)
+ June 19-23, 2022 (Connecticut, USA)
By invitation only.




"Abrahamic Traditions & Environmental Change"

June 23 - 26, 2019
Rhodes, Greece


Abrahamic Symposium Program


"Jewish-Christian-Muslim Intellectual Exchanges in the Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean"

October 25 - October 26, 2017
Student Union, Storrs, CT 06268

Download the Proceedings.pdf


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    The Greek Island of Lesvos is a quiet vacation spot where tourists relax and local children play in peace. But on the other side of the island, a very different scene is unfolding. Every day, thousands of refugees arrive on this shore. Most are fleeing the Syrian civil war, hoping to resettle in Europe. Waiting […]
    Posted on February 15, 2016
  • What Obama can still do for Israelis and Palestinians
    Avi Meyerstein writes that officials should do more to build a supportive atmosphere for future talks by encouraging and empowering the people-to-people movements that build trust and confidence.  Meyerstein is the founder of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a coalition of 85 NGOs building people-to-people cooperation and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Jews in […]
    Posted on February 28, 2016
  • Scholarship and Critical Thinking in the Abrahamic Faiths
    By Ilham Idrissi and Matthew Lakenbach, UConn Abrahamic Initiative While the UConn Abrahamic Initiative does not focus on religion or religious similarities and differences, it is important to emphasize that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all call on human beings to use knowledge and reason. Thus, critical thinking is central to all of the Abrahamic traditions, […]
    Posted on March 10, 2016
  • Religious institutions form unlikely partnership to aid Syrian refugees
    For years, the Temple Har Zion and the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre (IMIC) have been neighbours, even sharing a parking lot, in Thornhill, Ont. Now, the unlikely partners are about to share a major responsibility – sponsoring a group of Syrian refugees. The religious institutions have united to privately sponsor Syrian refugees to resettle in […]
    Posted on March 18, 2016
  • Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere
    Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina and a contributing opinion writer. She is an expert on social media and its use, in particular in the Muslim world. She is from Turkey. In this article, published Thursday, March 31 in The New York […]
    Posted on March 31, 2016