Haigazian University

Berge Traboulsi, D.Th., MBA

Dr. Berge Traboulsi
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities
Office: CB 405
Tel. ext.: 245
berge.traboulsi@haigazian.edu.lb
Academia: https://haigazian.academia.edu/BergeTraboulsi


BIO

Dr. Berge Traboulsi is Associate Professor of History, Religion and Intercultural Studies. During the last 15 years, he has presented academic papers at international conferences, given public lectures, and published academic papers at refereed publications. He has appeared on local and regional TV stations on issues related to ‘Human Rights’, “Politics in the Middle East”, and ‘Religious Tolerance’.

Dr. Traboulsi is a member of

  • The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology [www.esssat.net]
  • The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [www.esitis.org]
  • The International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) [http://iota-web.org/]
  • The European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment [www.hf.ntnu.no]

TEACHING INTERESTS

  • World Religions
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Applied Ethics
  • Leadership

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • World Religions and Interreligious Relationships
  • Theology, Religion and Science
  • Philosophy and Applied Ethics
  • Leadership, Change Management, Organizational Culture & Climate, Organization Development
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Higher Education in the 21st Century
  • Human Rights
  • Church Issues: Modern Church Challenges, Church Reform and Church Administration

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Citizenship and Participation in Public Life – Middle East” in Dietmar W. Winkler (Ed.), Towards a Culture of Co-Existence in Pluralistic Societies: The Middle East and India, New Jersey: Gorgias Press LLC, 2020 (ISBN 978-1-4632-4253-4), pp. 59-81
  • “Eastern Orthodox Theology and Naturalism: A Critical Analysis of a Controversial Relationship” in Michael Fuller, Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov, Knut-Willy Sæther, and Bernard Michollet (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 17, Are We Special?, Bamberg: ESSSAT, 2020 (ISBN 978-3-00-058578-4), pp. 149-165
  • “Human Uniqueness and God’s Image and Likeness: Analysis of Problematic and paradoxical Ideals in a Corrupt and Changing World”, in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 16, Are We Special?, Bamberg: ESSSAT, 2018 (ISBN 978-3-00-058578-4), pp. 171-191.
  • “Emotions and Orthodox Spirituality during Turbulent Times: Analysis of FB Expressions over the Abduction of Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo”, in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, 15, Do Emotions Shape the World?, Bamberg: ESSSAT, 2016 (ISBN 978-3-00-051976-5), pp. 167-181.
  • “Being Fruitful and Filling the Earth: A Theological and Bioethical Dilemma about Technology and Surrogacy”, in Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén and Knut-Willy Sæther (Eds.), Studies in Science and Theology, vol. 14, What is Life?,Halle: ESSSAT, 2014 (ISBN 978-3-00-045565-0), pp. 243-259.
  • “Freedom of Thought, Opinion and Expression’ within an Eastern Mediterranean Context: Critical Reflections”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 28), 2012, pp. 465-474.
  • “The Ethical Challenges of Executive Leadership: A Stakeholder Analysis”, in Pertinence, The Antonine University [UPA], (no 4), 2011, pp. 237-253.
  • “Ethical Challenges in Today’s Higher Education Institutions in Lebanon: A Stakeholder Analysis”, in Louis Colombo and Aaran Vlasak (Eds), The Public Life of Ethics, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1-84888-029-0), pp. 29-36.
  • “Secularism in a Multi-Confessional Lebanon: Religious Obstacles and Prospective Solutions”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 25), 2009, pp. 269-180.
  • “Religiousness and Extremism: A Dialectic Perspective” (In Arabic), in Adyan, (The Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, (no 0), 2009, pp. 44-55.
  • “The Challenges of Teaching about Religions in a Multi-confessional Lebanon: Case Study Haigazian University (1998-2008)”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 24, vol 2), 2008, pp. 268-282.
  • “From Pedagogy to Webagogy in Higher Education: Perspectives and Prospectives” in I-TCE Proceedings, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait, 2008, pp. 223-229.
  • “Citizenship in Multicultural Lebanon: A Critical Approach”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 23, vol 2), 2007, pp. 97-113.
  • “Some Aspects of Protestant-Orthodox Relations in Modern Times: A Historical Analysis”, in Chronos, University of Balamand, (no 16), 2007, pp. 69-94.
  • “The Synodical Letter of the Council of Antioch (324/325) and the Nicene Creed (325): A Study in the History of Doctrine” (In Arabic), in Chronos, University of Balamand, (no 13), 2006, pp. 37-61.
  • “Ethical Leadership in a Turbulent Lebanon”, in Annales de Philosophie & des Sciences Humaines, University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], (no 21, vol 2), 2005, pp. 21-32.
  • “Cyril Lucaris, the Calvinist Patriarch” (In Arabic), in Al-Nashra (The Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon (119)4-5, April- May, 2005, pp. 288-293, 336-342.
  • “The Church and Civil Marriage” (In Arabic), in Al-Nashra (The Evangelical Synod in Syria and Lebanon), (117)6, June 2003, pp. 378-382.
  • “The Theological Conflict between the Greek Orthodox and the Greek Catholics at the Antiochian Patriarchate, 1722-1848” (In Arabic), in Chronos (University of Balamand), (no 7), 2003, pp. 53-99.
  • “The Greek Catholics at the Antiochian Patriarchate, from an Ecclesiastical Community to Church-Millet, 1722-1848” (In Arabic), in Chronos (University of Balamand), (no 4), 2001, pp. 91-128.

SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • “Orthodox Traditionalism and Creative Pluralism: Praying with Icons and the Communication with Saints in the Digital Era” (presented at ESSSAT 2021 Conference on “Creative Pluralism? Images and Models in Science and Religion”, Madrid, Spain, June 2021)
  • “The Orthodox Bishop as a Change Leader in Multi-cultural and Multi-religious Societies: A Stakeholder Analysis” (presented at ESITIS Conference on The Hope and Despair of Religions: Exploring the Nexus of Theory and Practice”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 2019)
  • “Curriculum Reform in Higher Education: Redesigning the Intercultural Studies Programs” (presented at Haigazian University Symposium on “The Relevance of Intercultural Studies in the 21st Century”, Beirut, Lebanon, January 2019)
  • “Toward Reforming the Office of the Bishop in the Orthodox Church: The Importance of Modern Leadership Development” (presented at the International Orthodox Theological Association [IOTA] Inaugural Conference on “Pan-Orthodox Unity and Conciliarity”, Iaşi, Romania, January 2019), available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ClkIbTEcCA&t=27s
  • “Orthodox Theology and Naturalism: A Critical Analysis of a Controversial Relationship” (presented at the Seventeenth European Conference on Science and Theology [ESSSAT 2018], Lyon, France, 2018)
  • “Toward a ‘Continuous Reform’ in the Orthodox Church” (presented at the International Colloquium on RE:FORMATIONS↔MODERNITIES↔ORTHODOXIES, ICED-ISCC, Rome, Italy, 2017), available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqJmiAQy-P0&t=1s
  • “Breaking Down the Current Complex Refugee & Migrant Crisis in Europe: Analysis of Paradoxical Integration Values, Challenges, Strategies and Solutions” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Münster, Germany, 2017)
  • “The Role of the Middle East Council of Churches vis-à-vis the Migrant and Refugee Crisis in Europe” (presented at the Middle East Council of Churches Partners Meeting, Adma, Lebanon, 2016)
  • “A Clash of Value Systems: Acculturation of Migrants & Refugees from the Middle East in Europe” (presented at the International Seminar on “Interreligious and Intercultural Relations in a Time of Conflict and Migration in the MENA Region: Comparative Perspectives” – Haigazian University/Lebanon & College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University/USA, Beirut, Lebanon, 2016)
  • “Citizenship and Participation in Public Life – Middle East” (presented at the Fourth Colloquium Syriacum on “Towards a Culture of Co-Existence in Pluralistic Societies in the Middle East and in India” – PRO ORIENTE, Austria, 2013)
  • “The Paradox of Christian Minorities: Contribution vs. Persecution” (presented at the European–Arab Conference on The Contribution of Religious Minorities to Society” – University of Vienna, Austria, 2013)
  • “Peace in a Turbulent Middle East: Cost of Change” (presented at an International Colloquium on “Solidarité et Paix” – University of the Holy Spirit-Kaslik [USEK], Lebanon, 2012)
  • “Islam in the European Union: A Question of Acculturation or Incompatibility?” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Marmara, Turkey, 2011)
  • “The ‘People of God’ between Temptation and Damnation: Challenges and Prospective Solutions” (presented at the international conference on “The People of God in Bible and Tradition: Semantic Implications and Modern Relevance”, University of Balamand, St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Lebanon, 2010)
  • “The Decline of the Christian Presence in a Multiconfessional Lebanon: Missions vs. Visions” (presented at the international conference on “Church and Mission in a Multiconfessional Third Millennium”, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2010)
  • “E-dialogue, e-discussion, or e-conflict about religions, human rights, and politics? A problematic use of ‘sacred’ texts in the Christian-Muslim Cyber-relationship” (presented at The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies [ESITIS] Conference, University of Salzburg, Austria, 2009)
  • “Introduction to Election Monitoring” (Haigazian University / Foundation for Human & Humanitarian Rights-Lebanon, 2006)
  • “Lebanon in the Wind: Some Remarks on the Lebanese Politics since February 14, 2005” (The Middle East Regional Workshop of the World Conference on Religion and Peace – Lebanon, 2006)

 

ACADEMIC DEGREES

Master of Business Administration, Arab Open University, Lebanon/The Open University, UK (2017)
Doctorate in Theology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1997)
License in Theology, University of Balamand, Lebanon (1991)