Our President

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is the Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged; and Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages. A social entrepreneur, Rev. Raheb have founded several NGO’s including Dar Annadwa Cultural and Conference Center, the Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, and several other civic initiatives on national, regional, and international levels.


The 50 year-old multilingual contextual theologian received in the 2015 Olof Palme Prize for his courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. In 2012 the German Media Prize was awarded to Dr. Raheb for his “tireless work in creating room for hope for his people, who are living under Israeli Occupation, through founding and building institutions of excellence in education, culture and health.” Launched in 1992, this award was mainly granted to Heads of States, including the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2009), the Dali Lama (2008), King Juan Carlos of Spain (2006), Kofi Anan (2003), Queen Rania of Jordan (2002), Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (2000), Bill Clinton (1999), Nelson Mandela (1998), King Hussein of Jordan (1997), Boris Yeltsin (1996), President Arafat (1995), Yitshak Rabin (1995), Francois Mitterrand (1994), Chancellor Helmut Kohl (1993), in addition to few and selected personalities such as Sir Richard Branson (2010), Steffi Graf (2007), Bono (2005) and Rudolph Giuliani (2002).


For launching the “Authentic Tourism Program” at Dar Annadwa, Rev. Raheb received at the ITB 1996  Award  for  socially  responsible  tourism.  Rev.  Raheb received  for  his “distinguished service to church and society‟ the prestigious Wittenberg Award from the Luther Center in DC (2003). He also received for his “outstanding contribution to Christian education through research and publication‟ an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in Chicago (2003)   and   for   his   “interfaith   work   toward   peacemaking   in   Israel   and   Palestine‟ the International Mohammad Nafi Tschelebi Peace Award of the Central Islam Archive in Germany (2006) and in 2007 the well-known German Peace Award of Aachen.


The work of Dr. Raheb has received wide media attention from major international media outlets and networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, 60 Minutes, BBC, ARD, ZDF, DW, BR, Premiere, Raiuno, Stern, The Economist, Newsweek, Al-Jazeera, al-Mayadin, Vanity Fair, and others.


Dr.  Raheb  holds  a  Doctorate  in  Theology  from  the  Philipps  University  at  Marburg, Germany. He is married to Najwa Khoury and has two daughters, Dana & Tala. For more, www.mitriraheb.org