The UOK, in collaboration with the Institute of Intellectual Studies, held an international conference entitled (Religious Pluralism in the Dialogue of Civilizations) at the Conference Hall in Kasir Al-Thakafah.
The conference was attended by the Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Ali Al-Adeeb, and the president of the UOK, Prof. Dr. Akeel Abed Yaseen. As well as a number of religious, scientific, political and academic figures from different religions and sects, in addition to university professors and students.
Mr. Al-Adeeb mentioned during his speech at the conference, that the dispersions taking place in the Muslim world during this critical phase of the nation’s history, need all scholars and thinkers from various sects and religions to reproduce cultural and intellectual dialogue which personifies all the reasons that gave rise to this sectarian conflict in the region. He also stressed that “Islam in its origin is a religion of tolerance and acceptance of others who are different, but there are those who wanted to monopolize the right to interpret religion and impose their views on others resulting in all these expiatory movements.”
For his part, the president of the UOK confirmed that the relationship between nations is the idealistic image which has been called for by the heavenly religions and which Islam has approved and initiated despite the differences that distinguish human society.
The head of the Forum of Arab Thought, Prince Al-Hassan Ban Talal, gave his word through video conference stressing on the fact that Kufa city was always a beacon for science, culture and urbanization. It was Kufa that launched intellectual dialogues which served the Islamic nation throughout history. The Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Ali Al-Adeeb, called to adopt the idea of holding a round-table meeting between Najaf scholars and Al-Azhar scholars in order to unite Muslims and ward off their strife and conflicts.
The conference included scientific researches, delivered by researchers from various scientific and research institutions, in addition to sheikhs and scholars from different religions and sects, all of which dealt with analytical and diagnostic studies about the reservoirs of fitna and disagreement.