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Department of Religious Studies

Fr. Ibrahim Nairouz

Father Ibrahim Nairouz was born in Nablus, Palestine, ordained an Anglican priest in January 2008 in Jerusalem and has been working as a religion teacher at Bethlehem University and the Bethlehem Bible College since 2003 and 2000, respectively. At Bethlehem University Fr. Ibrahim teaches Christian Curriculum, Contextual Theology and Archaeology and Spirituality of the Holy Land. His students say they like him because he challenges them to reach for higher ideals and higher standards. "I have clever students," Fr. Ibrahim said. "They question everything and that is what I want them to do. In this life, you must be inquisitive, curious and interested, because true understanding and preparedness only comes after one explores and challenges beliefs to the very core."

Fr. Ibrahim is one of several academics who developed the Christian curriculum that is now required by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education in all public schools. "This new development has created a high demand for religion teachers, which is where Bethlehem University comes in," Fr. Ibrahim said. "It is essential to teach future religious educators how to teach religion." He places great value in the Department and expressed his wish to see the Department expand to offer courses in English for students coming from abroad.

Fr. Ibrahim earned a bachelor's in Theological Science from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, a master's in Islamic Archaeology from Al-Quds University in Abu Dies and a second master's in Contemporary Arabic Studies from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine. He has written three books, including Ramallah: Geography, History, Civilization (Dar Al Shourouk 2004), is responsible for the Heritage Committee in the National Committee for the Preservation of the Christian Heritage in the Holy Land and is a member of several groups and organizations that relate to archaeology, history and religion curriculum.

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