The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will take part in a special event to launch the publication The Foundations of Islam, the penultimate volume in the collection The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture. The event will take place on 10 June (Room IV, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Distinguished scholars and diplomats will take part in the presentation.*
The Foundations of Islam, is the fifth volume of the UNESCO collection on Islamic Culture. The 800-page volume examines the fundamental concepts that have inspired Muslims: the role of worship in Muslim life; the Muslim approach to God; the Islamic view of man as a composite of divine and earthly elements; the meaning and significance of revelation and prophet-hood in Islamic tradition as well as the two texts that contain the teachings of Islam—the Koran and the Sunna—along with the continual process of their interpretation.
The work has been produced by an International Scientific Committee headed by Dr Idris El-Hareir, Professor of History at the University of Benghazi (Libya), who is expected to take part in the launch.
The sixth and final volume in the Different Aspects of Islamic Culture collection is to be published in about one year, finalizing an ambitious scholarly project whose first work appeared in 1998. It is one of several general and regional history collections to be published by UNESCO: the History of Humanity; General History of Africa, History of Civilizations of Central Asia; General History of Latin America; and General History of the Caribbean.
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* Participants: Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture; Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Seddiq Nasser, UNESCO Representative of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS); Idris El Hareir, Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the project; Samira Mohamed Moosa Al Moosa, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO, President of the Group of Arab Member States; Ahmad Jalali, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate, Islamic Republic of Iran; Farhan Nizami, Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), Hourya Benis Sinaceur, Senior Researcher at France’s Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Goodwill Ambassador David Khalili.