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The other day at the European Islamic University of Applied Sciences (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), a round table was held on the topic “Uzbekistan is the center of interreligious tolerance and dialogue of civilizations” organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Benelux countries.

Professors, teachers and students of the European Islamic University of Applied Sciences, as well as representatives of the public and political circles of the Netherlands, scholars-theologians and experts from local scientific research institutions took part in the event.

They were given information on Uzbekistan’s experience in strengthening interethnic and interreligious harmony, promoting intercultural dialogue, which are key factors for maintaining peace and stability in any society. In particular, today the priority is given to ensuring freedom of conscience, preserving the purity of Islam, reviving national values, honoring memory and preserving the heritage of the great ancestors of the people.

It was stressed that a number of important initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev aimed at strengthening inter-ethnic and inter-confessional accord, increasing attention to the education of youth, preserving the true essence of the Islamic religion were highly appreciated by the international community, including prominent representatives of the Islamic world. Among such initiatives is the creation of the International Research Center of Imam al-Bukhari in Samarkand, the Center for Islamic Civilization and the Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. It is reported that these institutions will comprehensively study the rich historical, scientific and spiritual heritage of the Islamic religion and promote its truly humanistic essence.

Participants were also informed about the initiative of the head of the Uzbek state, put forward at the last session of the UN General Assembly in New York, on the adoption of the special resolution “Education and religious tolerance” aimed at promoting tolerance and mutual respect, ensuring freedom of religion, protecting the rights of believers and preventing their discrimination. It was stressed that the initiative also received broad support from the international community, which highly appreciated the timeliness and importance of the proposed document.

Participants of the event shared their views on the importance of promoting ideas of religious tolerance and strengthening intercultural dialogue.

Education Director of the European Islamic University of Applied Sciences K.Aydemirli noted that the Netherlands and Uzbekistan play a significant role in their regions in ensuring religious freedom, tolerance and promotion of inter-civilization dialogue.

“We have something to learn from each other,” K.Aydemirli said. – For centuries Uzbekistan has been the center of enlightened Islam. On the Uzbek land there are mausoleums of the greatest representatives of the sacred religion, the country maintains a very high level of religious education, new educational institutions and academies are opening, the leadership of the republic from the highest international tribunes calls for strengthening interreligious tolerance and puts forward specific initiatives in this area. All this deserves the highest appreciation and respect.

An expert on Islamic history, R. van Dorsenport, drew attention to the fact that over the past year and a half, Uzbekistan has experienced events that radically changed the view of the scientific world about the place of the Islamic religion in the life of Uzbek society.

“I have always been fascinated by the Islamic heritage of Uzbekistan, which is worthy of being proud of. I hope that Uzbek scientists will be interested in establishing links with European colleagues, who also have accumulated certain knowledge about Islamic civilization and are ready to share advanced developments. This will undoubtedly serve to broader disclosure of the true essence of the great Islamic religion.

Professor of European Islamic University of Applied Sciences R. Davletli drew attention to the importance of establishing scientific and practical cooperation between experts of Uzbekistan and Europe, in particular, the Netherlands.

– The scientific archives of Uzbekistan contain the most valuable manuscripts of classical scholars and theologians. I know that the Uzbek side is actively cooperating with foreign partners in order to preserve this priceless asset. A lot of the same documents are found in Europe, where they also attach great importance to their study. Probably, we should think about the implementation of joint projects that will allow the specialists of the two countries to start studying the eternal heritage of the brightest representatives of the Islamic world. In this way we would open up new, yet undeveloped facets of our religion, contribute to the development of inter-civilization dialogue.


IA “Dunyo”

Rotterdam – Brussels