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Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Sofi Ghanem

Dr. Sofi Ghanem has been a part time professor in the Religious Studies Department since 2001. She obtained her BA from Jordan University and her MA and PhD from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome with a specialization in School Pedagogy and Social Communication.

“Working at Bethlehem University has enriched my understanding of Christians in Palestine and it has given me an opportunity to reflect on my own faith,” Dr. Ghanem said, commenting on the number of Christian denominations that are present in the Holy Land.

Dr. Ghanem is a much needed addition to the Department as her teaching experience in pedagogy has encouraged the Department to emphasize this essential component of religious education. “Pedagogical skills are often lacking in Christian religion teachers,” Dr. Ghanem said. “We need to put a lot of energy into pedagogical training in order to fulfill the Department’s mission,” she added, noting that the recent additions to the faculty of Sally Kaissieh (BU ’04) and Michel Rock (BU ’02) are a great testament to the Department’s commitment to its graduates.

Dr. Ghanem feels the Department has had a significant impact on the community in the Bethlehem District. “Our presence in the community helps Christians and Muslims open up to each other. It also gives Christians a way to keep in touch with their own faith,” Dr. Ghanem said.

Dr. Ghanem prepared the curriculum for the higher diploma in Religious Education that was modified to become the teaching diploma in Christian Religion offered at Bethlehem University to qualify the current religion teachers in the Holy Land. She also coordinated a series of seminars for teachers at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. Additionally, Dr. Ghanem helped prepare the outline of the mission of the Catholic Schools in the local community and the Church, and supervised the production of the 9th grade book for the Palestinian Ministry of Education in 2002. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Salesians, organizes retreats and chaperones summer camps for Christian youth groups. Dr. Ghanem resides in Jifna, near Ramallah.


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