Executive director urges dialogue among civilizations

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – President and Executive Director of Washington based Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East (CSIME) Ahmad Iravani on Sunday urged implementing the United Nations resolution on dialogue among civilizations.

He called the former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami’s initiative of ‘Dialogue Among Civilizations’ as the best way to confront extremism and terrorism.

Despite the fact that spread of extremism has roots in Western colonialism and Israel’s oppressive approach towards Palestinians, Muslim political and religious leaders shoulder responsibility to fight it, the cleric added.

He noted that religious leaders should condemn violent interpretations of Islam which are contrary to the nature of Islam as a heavenly religion.

Resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue can facilitate promotion of understanding among Iranians and Westerners and help boost all-out ties, Iravani said.

Former president Khatami in 1998 introduced the idea of ‘Dialogue Among Civilizations’ as a response to Samuel P. Huntington’s theory of a Clash of Civilizations and it was approved overwhelmingly in the 53rd UN General Assembly.





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