The initiative is an international non-governmental organization whose mission it is to invest with local partners to achieve shared goals for a fruitful future. The initiative serves as a catalyst for economic development, cultural heritage preservation, and sustainable tourism in the Middle East. The path is a cultural route defined by the people and communities that exist along it. It is a tool for deepening understanding, experiencing cultures, and fostering friendships across challenging divides.
No. The project respects all religious traditions but does not belong to any religious group or agenda.
No. The term ‘normalization’ is highly politicized in the Middle East, usually referring to the development of relations between Arab countries and the state of Israel. The focus of the path is on the individual walker and on the small local communities that the path crosses. The path is a platform for learning more about the people of the Middle East. It does not associate itself with any political agenda in or outside the region.
We don’t; there is no historical evidence on the route Abraham walked. No scripture is detailed enough to allow us to recreate Abraham and his family’s actual path through the Middle East. The current location of the Abraham Path does not imply any judgment about the veracity or precedence of the different scriptural traditions. There is, however, abundant evidence that Abraham exists today in the memory and traditions of all people in the Middle East. The path thus follows the anthropological Abraham, symbolically honoring the memory and wisdom of his journey across the Middle East. The scriptural traditions of the Abrahamic faiths do concur in citing specific places that he passed, such as the ancient city of Harran in Turkey, Jerusalem, Beersheva, and the tomb of Abraham in Hebron. Between these places the Abraham Path passes through cities, towns, and landmarks that are cited in the scripture, revered in local traditions, or passing a ‘line of beauty’ — winding through the most appealing landscapes in the region and passing through sites of more recent historical interest. The main historical Abrahamic sites on the Path at this time are Urfa (the birthplace of Abraham according to the local tradition), Harran (a town Abraham lived in according to the Hebrew Bible and Qur’an), Beersheva (where Abraham lived for a time in the biblical story), and Hebron (the location of Abraham and Sarah’s tomb, according to Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions).
The official route of the Abraham Path crosses international borders only when the communities located immediately on either side of the border desire to be a part of one continuous path. When this is not the case, the route passes near the border on one side and begins again shortly after the border on the other side. In most cases, travelers desiring to transfer from one side to the other can still make that crossing on foot or by public transportation.