In line with the commitment of the Muslim Council of Elders, under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, to promote peaceful coexistence and celebrate diversity in the Muslim world, a seminar titled ‘Identity Harmony Management in the Muslim World: Concepts and Mechanisms’ was organized at the Council’s stand in the International Publishing and Book Fair in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. The seminar featured Dr. Yahya Ramadan, Head of the Raqee Center for Studies and Dr. Fouad Bouali, Director of the ‘Identity Harmony Management in the Muslim World’ initiative at the Al-Hokama Center for Peace and Research.
At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. Yahya Ramadan expressed his gratitude to the Muslim Council of Elders for their efforts in promoting peace and disseminating the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence. He emphasized that understanding and managing peace require taking into consideration the global context in which Muslims exist, stressing the need to approach the management of identity harmony in the Arab world from different perspectives and the necessity of a deeper understanding of it.
The Head of the Raqee Center for Studies and Research added that the contemporary world is characterized by cultural and identity diversity, and migration has led to the coexistence of different cultural groups. This has given rise to identity discourse, which is sometimes insufficiently understood. He also pointed out the challenges posed by diversity and stressed the desired goal of building a society based on the values of peace and shared living. Ramadan finally affirmed the importance of managing the issue of identity in a fruitful way and transforming it from a source of tension and division into a mechanism for peaceful coexistence.
For his part, Dr. Fouad Bouali emphasized that identity harmony is a timely and crucial issue, stating that the discussion of identity is not merely a temporary debate but a sustainable and future-oriented matter. He also explained that “identity harmony management” is not just a theoretical project but a procedural project aimed at achieving peace among people. He presented a set of proposed solutions to overcome the identity crisis, including recognizing minorities, implementing policies of diversity, promoting constructive dialogue and mutual learning between different communities. He also highlighted the importance of achieving social solidarity and social justice as the foundation for achieving identity harmony.
The Muslim Council of Elders’ stand at the International Publishing and Book Fair in Rabat is set to host several seminars and activities aimed at rectifying misconceptions, promoting dialogue and tolerance, and building bridges of communication and coexistence. These efforts align with the Council’s message, under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, which aims to enhance peace in Muslim and non-Muslim societies.