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International symposium ‘Islam and the West: Diversity and Integration’

Tuesday، 23 October 2018 - 03:48 PM

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el Tayyeb inaugurated an International symposium ‘Islam and the West: Diversity and Integration’ from October 22 to 24, 2018 at Al-Azhar conference centre in the Nasr City, which is being organized by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and the Muslim Council of Elders in cooperation with the New Al-Azhar Library and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

The symposium is attended by a number of European and Asian intellectuals and public figures in attendance to go with a strong contingent of religious, political and intellectual leaders as well as a number former Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world.

Symposium objectives

The symposium aims at correcting the image of Islam and Muslims that is wrongly depicted in the West and positively merging Muslims in the communities they live in.

The three day symposium tackles a range of contemporary issues related to Islam and the West and will feature a total of eight sessions. Session topics include; ‘Development of relations between Islam and the West’, ‘Tensions between Muslims and Europe – Citizenship is the solution’, ‘Nationalism and Populism – The State of Religion’, ‘Demography, Ideology, Immigration and the Future’. The symposium will also look at various successful models of integration through, ‘The Egyptian Family House’ and ‘The Swiss Experience’.


Monday October 22, 2018

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el Tayyeb at the inaugural speech of International symposium ‘Islam and the West: Diversity and Integration’. More

During an international symposium on Islam and the West, Former president of Montenegro Filip Vujanović stressed that Islam has a unique culture and civilization that rejects violence and calls for respecting the other, adding that the message of heavenly religions is sometimes misinterpreted and misunderstood by a few of those who embrace them.

During the opening session, the former Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme said, “This symposium is aimed at strengthening efforts and bringing viewpoints closer together. It also hopes to consolidate some of the values shared by the three religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the form of communicating as well as rejecting violence and wrong ideologies.”

Also speaking in the opening session was Rexhep Meidani, the former President of Albania and he said, “This symposium is very important not only for the Middle East but for Europe as well, since it works towards integration and peaceful coexistence between communities.” Meidani added, “There are two realities when dealing with immigrants; assimilation and integration. Assimilation creates a sense of isolation which feeds extremism as well as unemployment and discrimination. Not to mention division, which generates social discrimination.”

Tuesday October 23, 2018

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed el Tayyeb honored prominent participants in the international symposium, dubbed "Islam and the West ... diversity and integration". More

"Islam and the West" symposium continues for 2nd day in row

During the 1st debate session of the 2nd day of the international symposium "Islam and the West", Former Jordanian prime minister Taher al Masri said that there should be a fixed roadmap to end the clash of civilizations. More

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