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How Islam confronts extremism and terrorism:
a reading in Al Azhar declaration on citizenship

The Sheikh Nahyan Center for Arabic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue hosted Dr Mohamad Sammak for a lecture entitled: “How Islam confronts extremism and terrorism: a reading in Al Azhar declaration on citizenship”.

Dr Sammak, an esteemed figure in interreligious dialogue, provided an overview of the steps undertaken by the Muslim world to face the rising tide of violence and extremism in the name of Islam. He presented the process that led to the joint initiative of Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders to organize a conference in Egypt last February focusing mainly on freedom, citizenship and diversity. He highlighted the cumulative contributions of the different statements and conferences organized in the past few years in order to face this distortion of the image of Islam and Muslims around the world. He concluded by providing a road map for the way to correct the rifts in the interpretations of the Coran and to provide up-to-date Islamic discourse and jurisprudence that are authentic to the spirit and essence of the true Islam.

This Azhar declaration provides good grounds to trigger an interreligious dialogue leading to a new civil contract based on the principles of freedom, justice and citizenship and under the rule of law.

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