The Faculty of Basic Education at the UOK welcomed the Dutch orientalist Ernesto Bram, who is the Director of the Middle East Department at the Dutch Foreign Ministry, and Ms. Janet C. Ben, the Dutch ambassador in Iraq, to present a lecture entitled “The Shiite Authority and its Soft Power”.
Ernesto Bram explained the leading role played by the Scientific Hawza in Holy Najaf city. He clarified that it possessed true power which is represented by the religious and moral authority, adding that the religious authority had worked over the past few years to extinguish the fire of sectarian fitna and reject discrimination.
For her part, the dean of the faculty, Dr. Ibtesam Abed Al-Kareem Al-Madany, stressed that the Faculty of Basic Education had previously welcomed a group of figures from different disciplines in order to mate ideas by means of holding conferences, symposiums and joint scientific lectures. All of this comes within the university’s efforts to acquire the UNESCO Chair, under the subject of dialogue and peaceful coexistence.