June 12 through June 30, 2013
On June 12, 2013 Rector Prof. Druwe opened the exhibition "Religious Tolerance: Islam in the Sultanate of Oman" in the foyer of the University of Education, Freiburg. In attendance from Oman were senior representatives of the Ministry of Religious Affairs: Ahmed Al-Farsi, the Director General of the Ministry; and Mohammed Al-Marmari, exhibition project manager; and from the Omani Embassy in Berlin, Counsellor Nasser Al-Manwari. The German-Omani Association was represented by Georg Popp, secretary general.
Prof. Feininger from the Institute of Theology gave the opening speech. He has served as religious education consultant in participation with this exhibition, and in 2011 was invited to Oman to lecture on inter-religious understanding from a Christian perspective.
On behalf of the city of Freiburg, the exhibition was welcomed by Mr. Ibrahim Sarialtin, the first Turkish-Muslim member of the city council. The German federal Office for Migration and Integration was represented, as well as the Society for Jewish-Christian Cooperation, and the Freiburg-Isfahan Friendship Circle. From the Oriental Studies Department (Islamic Studies) of the University of Freiburg came Prof. Dr. Roswita Badry and Dr. Mariella Ourghi. Particularly heartening was the presence of numerous Freiburg Muslims.
The exhibition was accompanied by lectures on "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy" (Dr. Nabhani, Department of Oriental Studies, University of Freiburg), "The idea of tolerance" (Dr. Abbas Poya, University Erlangen) and "The Ibadhis - A Third Path in Islam" (Dr. Ourghi, University of Freiburg).