Who We Are?
Samuel Huntingdon once wrote ‘The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. The clash of civilizations will be the battle lines of the future. Conflict between civilizations will be the latest phase of the evolution of conflict in the modern world’.
The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) finds this unacceptable and is committed to ensuring that a clash of civilisations is neither inevitable nor necessary.
The world today is riveted by religious strife and political conflict that spans communities and countries, breeding fears and distrust that has led some to argue that a real clash between the Muslim world and the West is inevitable. Whilst some may deeply believe this paradigm, The Cordoba Foundation stands proud in believing that a world full of hope, where opposing ideas are working together, enriching our understanding of each other; strengthening our humanity without seeing its end in a grand clash, is possible. Established in 2005, The Cordoba Foundation was founded by the prominent British Muslim, Anas Altikriti to provide a strong voice of tolerance and reason in promoting dialogue and a rapprochement between Islam and the West. We strive to revive the spirit of Cordoba, the city, civilization and people, which remain a living testament of the ability of minds and aspirations to meet, collaborate and strive for the common goal of advancement and success.
TCF is an independent public relations, research and policy think tank promoting intercultural dialogue and positive coexistence among civilisations, ideas, cultures and people. It is an advocate of dialogue and action to promote understanding and acceptance of inter-communal and inter-religious issues in Britain, Europe, US and beyond, in particular looking to bridge the gap of understanding between the Muslim World and the West and vice-versa. It seeks to do this by engaging with a variety of stakeholders in society such as practitioners, researchers, journalists, policy makers and religious leaders.
We strive to:
• Promote dialogue and the culture of peaceful coexistence among cultures, ideas and people.
• Work with decision-making circles for better understanding and clearer comprehension of inter-communal and inter-religious issues in Britain, across Europe and beyond.
• Provide a new and unique standard of information, allowing decisions and policies to be established upon proper basis and efficient consultation, on a number of pertinent global issues.
• Advise organisations leaders and other stakeholders on how to enhance their performance whilst reaching out to understand and accept different cultures, faith and civilisations.
• Promote conflict resolution and peace building in its entirety and comprehensiveness.
• Structured consultation and advisory services
• Face-to-face interaction with decision-makers and figures of authority
• Research, policy making and publications (both in house and on a consultancy basis) as a crucial tool to back the effort of bridging differences, mending divisions and finding common grounds amongst people.
• Workshops, conferences, seminars and debates on contemporary issues.
• Training and capacity building for example media and public relations training for civil society organisations.
• Periodicals and journals.
• Maintaining a knowledge database and knowledge forum through its website and other forums
• Regular meetings with stakeholders to disseminate information.
• Regular publications including Arches, a quarterly journal providing analysis of issues and developments in the arena of dialogue and civilisations; the Cordoba Papers series which dissect current affairs and issues; and Toolkits.
The Cordoba Foundation sees research and studies as a crucial tool to back the effort of bridging differences, mending divisions and finding common grounds amongst people.
Reviving the Spirit of Cordoba (the Spanish city, civilization and people) as a symbol of human excellence and intellectual ingenuity where cultures, civilizations, thoughts and lifestyles thrived; and Striving for the common goal of understanding, respecting, accepting and celebrating our commonalities and diversities in a spirit of advancement and success.
To facilitate the meeting of minds with the aspiration to collaborate and strive for the common goal of:
• Promoting dialogue and the culture of peaceful coexistence amongst cultures, ideas and people.
• Working with decision-makers to encourage better understanding and clearer comprehension of inter-communal and inter-religious issues in Britain and beyond.
• Providing a new and unique standard of information based on academic research complemented by practical insight, allowing decisions and policies to be established upon proper basis and efficient consultation.
• Advising organizations, leaders and other stakeholders on how to enhance their performance whilst understanding and accepting different cultures, faith and civilizations.
• Promoting peace building and conflict resolution measures in their entirety and comprehensiveness by understanding the very roots of problems of social justice.
Cultures in Dialogue
We believe that we should:
• Be Universal by embodying the principles of equity, humility, compassion, peace and justice in all that we do.
• Be Professional by providing a high standard of efficient and effective services as well as inspiring quality in all that we deliver.
• Be Independent and Objective in our thinking, decision making and work patterns with a view of maintaining credibility backed by sound academic underpinnings.
• Be Collaborative by ensuring we work in partnership with others and ensuring proper consultation and communication with all our stakeholders.
• Be Flexible by being adaptable and responsive to the changing needs and circumstances.
• Be Transparent by being accountable and consistent in all our work.