IRCICA Director General addressed International Conference on “Islamic Solidarity – Harmony of Religious and Cultural Diversity” Azerbaijan, 12 April 2017

IRCICA Director General addressed International Conference on “Islamic Solidarity – Harmony of Religious and Cultural Diversity” Azerbaijan, 12 April 2017

organized by the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan, 12 April 2017

An International Conference on “Islamic Solidarity – Harmonizing Interfaith and Intercultural Diversity” was organized by the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations of Azerbaijan, the Caucasian Muslims Office, the Baku for International Multiculturalism Center and the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, in Baku, on 12 April 2017. Addresses delivered on behalf of the organizing partners and by participating scholars and experts underlined the importance of forming an atmosphere of tolerance, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue as a necessary condition for harmony in world’s societies.
IRCICA Director General Dr. Halit Eren was invited to address the conference. He pointed to examples of inter-faith tolerance and multiculturalism from Islamic history; these principles were rooted in the constitution of the very first Islamic State that was founded by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in Madina which guaranteed the protection of the lives, properties, rights to worship and sanctities of the different religious communities. Dr. Eren then pointed to the current trends of cultural and religious discrimination, xenophobia, violent extremism and Islamophobia which are on the rise on global scale. He underlined the need for continual international cooperation to counter these trends. In this respect, he outlined the cultural activities and cooperation carried out by IRCICA to contribute in eliminating those threats and promoting harmony of religious and cultural diversity across the world.

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