Theodore Khoury

Adel Theodor Khoury (Arabic: عادل خوري; born March 26, 1930 in Tebnine, Lebanon ) is a Melkite Catholic priest and theologian.


Khoury studied with the priest of the Melkite Paulist community in Lebanon, philosophy and theology and Oriental Studies at the Université Saint -Joseph in Beirut and philosophy in Lyon. In Lyon, he habilitated in 1966 at Roger Arnaldez with a working ( Docteur d' Etat) on the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaiologos. Attention beyond the research found this publication mainly because Pope Benedict XVI. quoted in a speech in Regensburg from it in 2006, which led to a global, especially Catholic- Muslim debate.

After his habilitation Khoury was among others Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Münster. At this he was from 1970 until his retirement in 1993 served as Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies of the General Faculty of Catholic Theology. Khoury is the founder and director of the Center for Christian- Muslim dialogue in Harissa (Lebanon).

Adel Theodor Khoury is Archimandrite honorary and a brother of the Lebanese religious philosopher Paul Khoury.

Christianity and Islam

As a theologian, Adel Theodor Khoury calls especially the understanding between Christianity and Islam. He wrote remarkable study of Islam and the characteristics of this religion. One of the most important German translations of the Koran comes from him. The translator made ​​a special point to follow in cases of doubt, the usual interpretation of Islamic " mainstream." Thus the reader will find in this text, not the Koran understanding of a religious minority, but that the vast majority of Muslims. Iran has his translation of the Qur'an in 2009 awarded " Book of the Year ".