Conference - Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue in Preventing another 7/7 at the House of Lords

Tue, 06 Jun 2006 00:00 in Discussion Forums
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Where: House of Lords, London

Summary

A conference organised a day before the first anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 07/07/05. The conference emphasised the necessity of (belief in) interfaith and intercultural dialogue in eradicating the root causes of terrorism, namely prejudice, alienation misunderstanding, suspicion, fear, animosity and hatred. The conference targeted the both members of the House and opinion makers.


Timetable Speaker
Opening Remarks The Lord Ahmed of Roterham
Speech Dr Chris Hewer, St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations
Speech Pastor Robin Marsh, Secretary General of IIFWP in UK
Video Peace Through Education and Dialogue
Speech Dr Thomas Michel, Vatican Secretariat for Inter-Religious Dialogue
Closing Remarks Ilnur Cevik, editor of New Anatolian Daily Newspaper

The conference consisted of three speeches, a video presentation and opening and closing remarks. The first speech by Dr Hewer laid the contextual foundation of the event by looking at the root causes of terrorism and the habitat in which it flourishes. The second, by Pastor Marsh, explained how those root causes can be eradicated by interfaith and intercultural dialogue in Britain in general and in London in particular.. The third, by Dr Michel, was a case-study of the Gulen movement, a faith-based movement originating from Turkey, and the real results they had achieved through education and dialogue and its relevance in the fight against the causes of terrorism. The overall point made was that belief in dialogue as a necessity of faith helps prevent a person from falling prey to terrorist ideology.

A conference of the same title but different speakers took place the following day at the London School of Economics, University of London.

Objective

Explore the underlying causes and nature of terrorism. Introduce clear ideas as to how interfaith dialogue, with the active participation of the Muslim community, can help eradicate the causes of terrorism in Britain.

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