Event Report: World Muslim Leadership Forum: The Muslim World in the Face of the New Economic Order

Event Report: World Muslim Leadership Forum: The Muslim World in the Face of the New Economic Order

The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) sponsored and facilitated the World Muslim Leadership Forum co-hosted by Faith Regen Foundation and ASLI (Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute) and chaired by H.E Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.

 

The forum was designed to bring together key thinkers and practitioners around a table to share ideas on the following subject

 

1) Enhancing the relationship between the West and Muslims – Strengthening Ties and Promoting Dialogue

 

2) How to promote sustainable development in Muslim Societies

 

3) Islamic Finance

The CEO of TCF was also a panellist on the discussions regarding ‘Enhancing Relationships between the West and Muslims’

 

Giving the key note address, ‘Bridging the Muslim and Western World for Peace and Development’, HRH Raza Shah, Crown Prince of Perak said that ‘organised dialogue between the   two sides will need to focus on what needs to be made right on both sides’.

 

The foreign minister of Malaysia also participated at the conference which was launched at the House of Lords.

 

 

 

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Event Report: Roundtable Discussion – Role of Faith Based Organisations in Peace Building in Conflict Affected Sri Lanka

Event Report: Roundtable Discussion – Role of Faith Based Organisations in Peace Building in Conflict Affected Sri Lanka

Facilitated by The Cordoba Foundation, a roundtable discussion was held on the 1st of October exploring the role of religious institutions in peace building in conflict affected Sri Lanka.

 

Led by Dr S.H Hasbullah, a prominent academic from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, the discussion centred around the role of the Mosque Federation in Kathankudy, a town in Eastern Sri Lanka, which as a consequence of the conflict, had to take a leadership role at the local level to successfully address issues of survival of the community.  In mapping the part played by the organisation, the discussion centered around the future relevance for roles played by such religious institutions in a post conflict Sri Lanka.  The presentation by Dr Hasbullah  built on a long period investigation on the aspect of religion and conflict in eastern Sri Lanka undertaken by the University of Edinbugh and SOAS which was presented at the Royal Geographic Society.

 

In attendance at the discussions were representatives from the Sri Lankan High Commission and the office of the President of Sri Lanka.

 

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Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 6 (5MB)

Arches Quarterly: Vol 4 Edition 6 (5MB)

A quarterly journal providing deeper and nuanced analysis of the issues and developments in the arena of dialogue, civilizations, and a rapprochement between Islam and the West

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In this edition, Arches Quarterly explores numerous perspectives on globalisation in an age of increased difference and divergence, while at the same time, witnessing noticeable convergence around ideology, faith and beliefs.
Press Release:Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz has to retract his false claim

Press Release:Quilliam’s Maajid Nawaz has to retract his false claim

The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) rejects utterly libellous allegations made against it by co-director of the Quilliam Foundation Maajid Nawaz. On Sunday 8 August on the Sky News Sunday Live programme, Nawaz falsely claimed that “The Cordoba Foundation, they in Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, hosted the Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki”.

 

This accusation is baseless, since TCF has at no time organised or hosted any event at the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall.  Nawaz is basing this accusation on a similar report issued by the Centre for Social Cohesion in 2009, which TCF refuted in a statement on 13 November 2009.

 

It is utterly absurd for Nawaz to state that TCF had hosted Al-Awlaki given that Al-Awlaki has attacked and declared un-Islamic (Haram or Kufr) a number of initiatives and projects which TCF either run or fully support that encourage wider engagement of young Muslims with British and European politics and the media.

 

This accusation by Nawaz is illustrative of the lack of professionalism, accuracy, sound academic research and even truth, demonstrated by him and the Quilliam Foundation.

 

Anas Altikriti, CEO of The Cordoba Foundation said “Nawaz’s baseless claim exposes the Quilliam Foundation’s amateurish and flawed working methods for what they are: cheap and simple, for the purposes of achieving mudslinging tabloid notoriety. It is surprising that any political party, organisation or individual should continue to accord such organisations credibility or respect.”

 

TCF demands Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation retract the accusation forthwith.  Failing to do so will compel TCF to seek legal council.

 

The Cordoba Foundation continues to pursue its aims and objectives through actual projects, real initiatives and true engagement with those who matter for the future of our country.

 

Cordoba Papers: No Enemy to Conquer

Cordoba Papers: No Enemy to Conquer

This issue deals with the concept of forgiveness and reconciliation by exploring real life stories and was presented by Michael Henderson at St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on the 18th of August 2010

 

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Event Report: Cordoba Seminars – No Enemy to Conquer: Building Peace in an Age of Conflict

Event Report: Cordoba Seminars – No Enemy to Conquer: Building Peace in an Age of Conflict

Michael Henderson is the first to admit that his work has no academic basis. Rather he prefers to ‘tell stories’. The difference though is that his stories are based on hands-on experience of real life men and women working to build bridges between people of differing colours, cultures and languages.

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mh 3.jpgFrom Nigeria, to Lebanon, to Israel, India and Northern Ireland, Michael criss crossed the countries sharing the stories of individuals taking responsibility to move beyond victimhood, to create safe spaces in the purposes of forging alliances. In his words, Michael says ‘ The building of relationships of trust is a priority and now more than ever, we need reconciliation and forgiveness’.

Michael highlights 6 key steps which he has found is essential in the process of reconciliation and forgiveness and which he has found are backed up by his stories:
The concept of ‘a Clash or an Alliance?’
The need to ‘Reach out to the “Other”’
The need to ‘Move beyond Victimhood’
The need to ‘take Responsibility’
The concept of ‘Creating a Safe Space’
The need to ‘Acknowledge the Past’
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During the Holy Month of Ramadan, where forgiveness and mercy from two key components, Michael’s speech was even more poignant, a factor reiterated by the chair of the event, Anas Altikriti, CEO of The Cordoba Foundation

As he concluded his speech Michael quotes Rajmohan Ghandi (the grandson of Mhatama Ghandi) who says that the ‘call for reconciliation is in the end a call for sanity’.