A DECLARATION OF THE WORLD BOSNIAK CONGRESS ON COMMON SECURITY AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

A DECLARATION OF THE WORLD BOSNIAK CONGRESS ON COMMON SECURITY AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

In the aftermath  of  the New York at acks in September 2001, the
massacre in Madrid in March 2004, and the London bombing in July
2005, Dr Mustafa Cerić – as Raisu-l-‘Ulama and Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina – issued the Declaration of European Muslims on July 2005 at the East London Mosque, London.

The Declaration has been endorsed and disseminated by the Islamic Forum of  Europe and is largely supported across Europe. In an interview with RFE/RL  on March 14, 2006 Dr Cerić described the declaration: “It is a personal — it is probably too much to say, “confession” — but a personal appeal to the European audience not to make a mistake in generalising all Muslims and not to spread
Islamophobia, that was, I think, going on in Europe and in the West generally, especially after September 11 [2001].”  Dr Cerić added, “The second message was to the Muslims who live in Europe to take seriously these three events that may have great consequences for their stay in Europe and their status in Europe. The third message was to the Muslim world at large to ask them to help us in the West, and especially in Europe, to develop a kind of dialogue that is acceptable
to us as Muslims, as well as to our European neighbors.”

Eight years after the Declaration of European Muslims, now as the president the World Bosniak Congress and Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, Dr Cerić has led the effort to issue the  Second Declaration on Common Security and Global  Citizenship.

The Congress was inaugurated in Sarajevo on December 29, 2012
as a global national voice of the Bosniak nation in the aftermath of the last genocide in Bosnia.

This  Second Declaration comes as a response to recent events in Boston and London with an emphasis on the unacceptable use and abuse of the name of Allah and Islam, especially in the case of the London killing.

At this time Dr Cerić, as president of the World Bosniak Congress, is calling on the Bosniak  nation to take a bold stance about their faith and culture and be a good example to others: to condemn violence and promote peace and tolerance whereever they are.

 

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The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol1 Issue 3)

The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol1 Issue 3)

Aimed at European and Western readerships, the MENA Report aims to provide impartial, accurate and authoritative content and analysis, through The Cordoba Foundation’s unique access to rare and highly important primary sources in the Middle East and beyond

The MENA Report seeks to unpick and unravel some of this, and provide objective and strategic insights into events and developments in the region.

This edition is a special report to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of
the invasion of Iraq by the United States, Britain and their allies

 

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The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol1 Issue 2)

The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol1 Issue 2)

Aimed at European and Western readerships, the MENA Report aims to provide impartial, accurate and authoritative content and analysis, through The Cordoba Foundation’s unique access to rare and highly important primary sources in the Middle East and beyond

The MENA Report seeks to unpick and unravel some of this, and provide objective and strategic insights into events and developments in the region.

This edition follows events that have led to the change
of western policy towards the Arab Spring and the new
governments that followed.

 

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Occasional Papers: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

Occasional Papers: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

Occasional Papers is a publication of The Cordoba Foundation that provides a medium for diverse opinions, presenting a comprehensive view of the myriad perspectives pertaining to dialogue and cross-cultural exchange. This is done by publishing important contributions by experts and world leader

This issue explores ‘Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future’ in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, 21st September 2012.

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The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol 1 Issue 1)

The MENA Report – Analysis and Insights from the Arab World (Vol 1 Issue 1)

Aimed at European and Western readerships, the MENA Report aims to provide impartial, accurate and authoritative content and analysis, through The Cordoba Foundation’s unique access to rare and highly important primary sources in the Middle East and beyond

The MENA Report seeks to unpick and unravel some of this, and provide objective and strategic insights into events and developments in the region.

 

This first issue of The MENA Report focuses on some of the salient issues and developments in the region, including crises facing the new governments in Egypt and Tunisia; the situation on the ground in Bahrain and the role of Gulf countries; the Israel-Palestine conflict and the recent French operations in Mali.

 

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Report: EU’s response to the Arab Spring: The State-of-Play after Two Years

Report: EU’s response to the Arab Spring: The State-of-Play after Two Years

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More than two years have passed since the dawn of the “Arab Spring”, starting with the popular  uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. The situation in practically the whole of the Arab world remains  highly fluid yet important differences have emerged among and between the countries and the
regions. While overall significant progress has been made in promoting democratic reforms (e.g.  holding of elections in line with democratic standards, strengthening of the role of civil society,  increased freedom of expression and assembly) many obstacles still need to be overcome in order  for these transitions to be successfully consolidated.

Summary Note: Cordoba Intellectual Revisions – The Arab Spring through the lens of the Islamic Movement

Summary Note: Cordoba Intellectual Revisions – The Arab Spring through the lens of the Islamic Movement

The Cordoba Foundation is pleased to present its new seminar series entitled ‘TCF Intellectual Revisions’ which is a series of open debates to explore the limits and boundries of the modern Islamic thought and ideology.

The first seminar entitled ”The Arab Spring through the lens of the Islamic movement: Opportunities and Challenges” was convened on the 2nd of Nov 2012 with the participation of a prominent members of the Islamic movements in the West and the Arab world. New boundries of political Islam and Islamic thought were candidly discussed.

Old and new ideas were put to the strains of discussion and the countours of the sacred and the mundane were opened for scrutiny and investigation.

Please click here to read the document in Arabic

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Summary Note: ODI-TCF High Level Roundtable on the Crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Summary Note: ODI-TCF High Level Roundtable on the Crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar

The recent outbreak of deadly communal violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar on 3 June 2012 and the on-going tensions between the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities have left, according to official figures, more than 70 people dead, and more than 80,000 displaced.  There are continued humanitarian needs among the displaced and affected populations and tensions between the communities remain high.

While the Government of Myanmar has been cooperating with the United Nations and humanitarian agencies to deliver humanitarian assistance to displaced communities, there are continuing humanitarian challenges in Rakhine State that need to be addressed. At the same time, a national dialogue on durable solutions for the situation in Rakhine is needed, in the context of the Government’s wider reform agenda, which includes a peace process and commitments to national reconciliation with ethnic nationalities.

The Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and The Cordoba Foundation (TCF) convened  a closed-door High-Level Roundtable on national, regional and international responses to the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on  13 September at the Overseas Development Institute’s offices in London.

The roundtable was held in accordance with the Chatham House Rule. The roundtable aimed  to facilitate a high-level policy dialogue among representatives of the Government of Myanmar, regional organizations (namely OIC and ASEAN), humanitarian agencies currently working in Rakhine State as well as those planning relief responses, and representatives of the donor community.

Invited speakers included:

* H.E. U Kyaw Myo Htut, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Kingdom
* H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
* H.E. Ambassador Atta Manane. Bakhit, Assistance Secretary-General and Head of Humanitarian  Department, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
* Mr. Ashok Nigam, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Myanmar
* Mr. Oliver Lacey-Hall, Head of Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, UNOCHA

 

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Arches Quarterly Vol 5 Edition 9

Arches Quarterly Vol 5 Edition 9

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 the various strategies and approaches adopted to deal with terrorism and counter-terrorism in an attempt to consider the myriad of possible scenarios and outcomes with which we can break the deadlock we find ourselves i.