pasThe desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The Glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the Splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the Glory of the Lord,
the Splendor of our God.
                                                                                               Book of Isaiah, 35, 1-2

My heart is able to take all forms. It is savanna for the gazelles and convent for the monk. Temple for the Idols and Kaaba for the Pilgrim. It is the Tablets of the Torah and the Book of Coran, it teaches the religion of Love. Wherever the paths of its caravans are leading. And Love is my law and Love is my faith.
                                                                                               Ibn Arabi (1165 - 1240), Mystical Islamic Poet

The East meets the West



Sinaï/Egypte - Jordan

Reflections on concordances between the Three Books of Monotheism

Illustrated by a Photo Exhibition

Initiative and Organization: Annelie Löhr-Campion (B)

Photographers :
Michel Campion (B): Leica M6, Noblex Panorama 6x12cm, Roundshot Seitz 360° film 220
Hans Westerling (B) : Leica R
Dr. John Grainger (UK), Manager, Protectorate Saint Katherine, Sinai, Egypt

Calligraphy : M. Macchias - M. Salah - Prof. Reichert (B)

Displaying 24 from 60 color photos (95x70 cm) with captions based on quotations from the Torah, the New Testament, and the Koran.

Currently the exhibition includes translations into English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Bosnian.

  • Bethlehem, Palestine, The International Centre, 18/4-15/5/2000
  • Braunschweig, Germany, Braunschweiger Dom 4/4-8/5/2001
  • Lugano, Switzerland, Faculty of Theology at the Lugano University, 6/11-6/12 2002
  • Brussels, Belgium, Church of St. Adrian Rev.Paul de Cock, 2002
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gallery Novi Hram, 31/10-18/11/2003
  • Brussels, Belgium, Church of St -Jean- Baptiste-au-Béguinage, Place du Béguinage, Brussels, Belgium
  • Brussels, Belgium, Town Hall of Laeken 26/5-2/6/2005

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Le monastère Sainte-Catherine–Sinaï–Égypte Chapelle de la Sainte Trinité et Mosquée / Mont Sinaï – Égypte Monastère Sainte-Catherine et Bédouins Vallée Bleue – Sinaï – Égypte
Nawamis Paysages (crevasses) – Sud Sinaï Région - Nuweiba Area – Sinaï – Bédouins Site de Nawamis, tombes préhistoriques. Age de Bronze, Sinaï du Sud – Égypte
Wadi-feiran – Sinaï – Égypte Pierres (Canyon coloré) – Sinaï Montagnes entourant le monastère Sainte-Catherine, Sinaï Acacia Raddiana / Sinaï  - Égypte
Pierres – Sinaï – Égypte Jeune femme bédouine – Sinaï Chapelle du Veau d'Or Monastère Sainte-Catherine – Sinaï – Égypte
Mont Moïse – Sinaï Pierres – Environnement Mont Moïse – Sinaï Portail de la chambre au trésor -Al Khazneh - PETRA–Jordanie Thumbnail image
Mon Nebo – Jordanie Mont Nebo - panorama – Jordanie Bethléem, Palestine – la Maison du pain – la Basilique de la Nativité Yerushalayim - Jérusalem - Al Quds

An initiative of Annelie Löhr-Campion »


It is with pleasure that UNESCO gives its support to Annelie Löhr – Campion’s initiative inviting us to walk on the footsteps of the father of all of us: Moshe, Moses, Moussa.
This traveling exhibition, which we hope to welcome one day in our Organization, the home of all cultures and Peace, contributes in its own way to the construction of Peace, which is the very business of everyone.

It is more than ever a shared responsibility, especially towards the younger generations, because we need to reflect on the challenges of our different societies not only here in Europe, but also in the Middle East and in other regions of the world where tragic events occur every day and never seem to come to a end.

This means that this exhibition fits perfectly in the spirit of the work of the Division for Intercultural Dialogue, particularly in its program of inter-religious dialogue, whose purpose is precisely to create a space for dialogue, where opinions and experiences can be freely expressed and exchanged.

We congratulate the organizers of this exhibition that contributes to bringing together people and cultures, and implements an essential dimension of intercultural and interreligious dialogue of UNESCO: mutual understanding between religions and spiritual traditions and highlighting the their interactions and mutual influences across History.

And the past should be a prompt reflection for the present, and clarify the issues that arise in the construction of an ever changing society, every day more pluralistic, constantly mixing peoples, ideas, cultures and spiritual attitudes.
It is precisely the LEITMOTIV of UNESCO, "The common heritage and plural identities", that each visitor of this remarkable exhibition is encouraged to discover.

For indeed, it is through the contributions from the different civilizations that the multiple identities of every one of us is built, and so, by recognizing our differences and proximities, we can fight against the prisons, sometimes deadly, of our identities, against the forms of exclusion of any kind, against the outbreaks of extremism of any provenience.
It is in the proximity and respect for the other, in recognizing him as our own close neighbor that one can discover our shared ethical and spiritual values.

I hope that this exhibition on the footsteps of a common ancestor and founder of the values referred to by the mosaic family, may help find an answer to the many questions elicited by the social and political transformations of our time, and also show us the way to achieve a rewarding and challenging coexistence between the various communities that make up the new Europe, united and plural, and who knows, in the near future, a Middle East peaceful and rich in its diversity.


Rosa Guerreiro
Interreligious Dialogue Program
Division of Intercultural Dialogue
UNESCO, Paris, France
(Transmitted by fax and translated from French)


Annelie Lohr-Campion-pt   Organization :
Non Profit Association Ouvertures a.s.b.l., Annelie Löhr-Campion, Belgium

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