The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of OIC, held a special session on “Coexistence of Different Cultures: Examples from History as Lessons for the Future” on 29 August 2014 at the Sixth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization held in Bali, Indonesia. The session aimed to generate presentations of specific topics or case studies that would illustrate examples of coexistence of different faiths and cultures at different times and places.
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, delivered a statement that was read by the Director General of Cultural, Social and Family Affairs Directorate of the OIC General Secretariat. The Secretary General thanked IRCICA for hosting this special event and pointed to the many examples to portraying the high level of tolerance shown to people of other faiths during the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), noting that the Madinah constitution ‘Saheefah’ was the best example of the tolerance shown by the Prophet to other religions which detailed the responsibilities and obligations of all parties resided in that city. He also enlisted other tolerance examples from Seville, Cordoba and Berlin. Madani emphasised on the need for education and learning how to live together in a globalized world, and urged for close collaboration with civil society organizations to allow introduction and development of concrete policy guidelines and projects guaranteeing the right to diversity and facilitating a culture of peace and human rights for all citizens.
The session, which was moderated by Ambassador Omur Orhun, the OIC Focal Point to the Alliance of Civilization, included a statement by Dr. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, and featured speakers who delivered their presentations on a variety of topics on coexistence in different faiths and cultures. The High Representative for the Alliance of Civilization, Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also graced the occasion by his presence and constructive comments. H.R.H. Prince Hassan bin Talal and the President of Republic of Macedonia Dr. George Ivanov joined with video messages.
Also, Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, Deputy Minister of Culture of Indonesia, Prof. Raihana binti Abdullah, former Chair of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, Dr. Sadik Unay Senior Researcher from IRCICA made presentations during the event.