Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
Under the auspices of Birzeit churches
and the participation of H. E. Sheikh ‘Isam Rumman and Dr. Geries S. Khoury
A panel titled “Patriarch Sophronius and Caliph Omar’s Covenant”
Thursday 11 June 2015
At the Latin Church Hall - Birzeit
Latin Church of Birzeit Hall
Under the auspices of Birzeit churches, a panel was held in the Latin Church
Hall titled “Patriarch Sophronius and Caliph Omar’s Covenant” in which H. E.
Sheikh ‘Isam Rumman and Dr. Geries S. Khoury took part. The panel was moderated
by Fr. Dr. Louis Hazboun who welcomed all those attending the event and
underlined the importance of holding these events.
Sheikh Abu Rumman focused on the importance of Omar’s Covenant. It is an
important historical document indicating clearly the tolerance of Islam and the
just Caliph Omar.
Dr. Geries S. Khoury focused in his book on Patriarch Sophronius and Omar’s
Covenant. He gave a new reading to the Covenant indicating the various phases of
it. Omar’s Covenant is highly distinguished compared with what is happening
today where the takfiri elements are becoming paramount.
The panel was concluded with a question and an answer as well as further