From 2006 onwards, Jonas Yunus Atlas found himself on an unexpected 'journey' through the culture and religion of islam. By 2010 it brought about the Halal Monk project: a series of conversations with scholars, activists and artists from the Muslim world.
His three year long journey as a Halal monk had two aims: to be a concrete project of sincere interreligious dialogue and to seek for ways out of the cultural and religious impasse our world seems to be creating.
Within efforts of interreligious dialogue the more difficult questions are often circumvented by superficials talks in which the different parties respectfully listen but seldom truly engage. The Halal Monk project therefore wanted to revive the tradition of true interreligious debate and discussion like it used to be held between wandering monks, travelling artists and journeying preachers. It did not do so for the sake of the argument but because of the hope that such deeper debate might lead to unexpected solutions for the problems this world is facing.