We speak with Karen Armstrong, a British writer and expert on religions, who was awarded the Princess of Asturias Prize for Social Sciences in 2017. In a context of exacerbated nationalisms, identity crises and extremist discourses, the British author proposes a great interreligious or universal interspiritual pact that puts Compassion at the centre of human relations and between communities.

We interviewed Karen Armstrong for our blog, access the publication at this link (only available in Spanish) 

Karen Armstrong is a British writer specialising in comparative religion, a member of the high-level group of the Alliance of Civilisations and Princess of Asturias Award 2017.

Author of numerous books on religion such as A History of God; The Great Transformation, The Origins of Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Muhammad, History of Jerusalem, Buddha, etc. Her work has been translated into 43 languages.

Throughout her career, Karen Armstrong has addressed members of the U.S. Congress three times and has lectured to policymakers at the U.S. State Department.

  • In 2008, Armstrong won the TED Award and asked to be helped assemble the Charter for Compassion, a document that outlines how religious leaders can work together for peace.  In late fall 2008, the first draft of the document was written around the world, through a website to share
  • In 2008, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute's Freedom of Worship Award went to Karen Armstrong for her personal dedication to the idea that peace can be found in religious understanding, for her teachings on compassion, and for her recognition of the positive from sources of spirituality
  • In 2017, Armstrong received the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences when she is chosen by the jury from among the 25 candidates for the award.

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