Identity and Dialogue

Gustave Ineza, op

Gustave Ineza is a Dominican friar born in Rwanda. He lived through the 1994 Genocide and refugee camps in the then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). He joined the Dominican Order in 2002. He studied Philosophy in Burundi, did Theology in South Africa at Saint Joseph’s Theological Institute (BTh) and then at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (MTh Oxon).

Interests in Theology

Having lived in war zones (Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC), and having survived ethnic conflicts and other wars linked to identity problems, he grew up with a huge thirst for coexistence. He thought that the best way to coexist is to dialogue. In South Africa he experienced the great richness in theological discussion on feminism and womanism. He then worked on the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church where he stressed the need of a dialogue in the Church. He found that engaging in a nice dialogue is more fruitful than closing doors to debate. Indeed, closing doors leads more destruction and to division than to coexistence. While at Oxford, he got interested in the biggest discourse going on in our time: the Christian-Muslim dialogue. He spent a few weeks at the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies in Cairo (IDEO). He now wants to dedicate his time at finding theological ways to bring together, reconcile and help coexist Muslims and Christians.

Current occupations

Gustave lives in Kigali. He is the coordinator for the department of Africa for Domuni. He still gets interested in debates on Islam. He wrote a few articles on Muslim-Christian dialogue and coexistence (