Conference on ‘terrorism and methods of tackling it’ held
(Doha) – Under the patronage of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani the International Conference on “Terrorism and Methods of Tackling It” kicked off in Qatar University (QU) with the participation of a number of scientists, intellectuals and academics from Qatar and abroad.
The two-day conference organized by the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CSIS) is aimed to better understanding the concept of terrorism from a scientific perspective, ensuring separation between science and ideology in the approach of the terrorism issue and shedding light on the intellectual, political, and social dimensions of this issue.
The conference also seeks to develop a strategic plan to dry up the sources of terrorism in order to isolate it and protect the Arab nation and its culture.
Speakers at the opening session of the conference which was attended by the Minister for Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Dr. Issa bin Saad Juffali Al Naimi, stressed that the conference has a special importance in light of the growing phenomenon of extremism, terrorism and “Islamophobia.” They emphasized the importance of the role being played by intellectuals and educational institutions to face such issues and challenges.
President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, aid the conference comes to explore intellectual, educational and cultural views and experiences so to give clear visions to activate the tolerant Islamic values in the study plans, educational methods and curricula, and cultural education. He also pointed out that the conference would detect problems facing the nation, especially extremism, intolerance, fanaticism, hatred, “Islamophobia” and terrorism issues.
In this context, he noted the importance of capacity building to form a new awareness for the new generation of intellectual on social security values and the need for peaceful co-existence in human society. He called on the participants to come up with a plan and a process to be implemented by top scientists, thinkers and researchers known for their moderation to confront the sources of hatred and intolerance.
First Deputy Speaker of Tunisia’s Assembly of the Representatives of the People, Abdelfattah Mourou, stressed the role being played by scientists, thinkers and educational institutions in building the minds of the nation through the curriculum, strengthening its presence, removing its alienation and changing its reality to fully play its role. He also stressed the importance of education in human building, achieving development and cultural building of the nation.