29 June 2018, GENEVA: On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue organized a World Conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” at the United Nations Office at Geneva in collaboration with the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, Arab Thought Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and Development.
The World Conference - held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay leaders from the major regions of the world.
Dr. Safi Kaskas, Co-author of the book entitled “A Contemporary Understanding, The Quran with References to the Bible”, was among the high-level keynote speakers that addressed the audience. He took the floor against the backdrop of Plenary Panel 4, entitled “Equal citizenship rights: Moving Towards A New Paradigm”.
Dr. Kaskas presented his book, describing it as an important tool to build bridges of better understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims. He stated that, by showing the common grounds between the Holy Books of the three Abrahamic faiths, this work could help their believers set aside stereotypes, respect difference and fight extremism.
Within this context, he highlighted that diversity is a source of strength and richness, and represents the “trajectory for creativity in many fields”.
He then stressed: “Homogeneity is a recipe for intellectual sterility and eventually leads to the end of a civilization, whereas pluralism (…) raises the intelligence and virtue of the society in general”.
In Dr. Kaskas’ opinion, the Holy Qur’an, if interpreted correctly, can be considered as promoting inclusiveness and pluralism.
That is why he encouraged all Muslims to develop a contemporary understanding of this Holy text in order for it to “fulfil its promise to be enlightenment and mercy for all people”.
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The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, an organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, is a think tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
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