“Religions must advocate for peace and, in order to achieve peace, religious freedom must be respected and peace agreements must be accepted.” With this message from the president of the FICRT Foundation, Jumaa Alkaabi, the First Cordoba Forum ‘From Islam-Christian Dialogue to the Abrahamic Family’, which was held on May 16 and 17 at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, opened its doors. It was coordinated by Professor Mohammed Dahiri with the collaboration of the Unesco Chair of Conflict Resolution of the University of Cordoba and the University Institute of Religious Sciences of the Complutense University.
For the president of FICRT, Jumaa AlKaabi, the objectives of the forum are the same as those of the Foundation: tolerance, future coexistence and fraternity. “We want to spread peace and concord at the international level and achieve progress among peoples, religions and cultures,” he assured. He was also in favor of cooperation to create channels for dialogue and advocated cultural diplomacy as the way to end “the scourge of sectarianism and violence”.
Respect for civic foundations, the defense of the culture of peace, acceptance of the other, love among peoples and coexistence in cultural and religious environments were some of the lines of work that Jumaa AlKaabi defended in the path of tolerance and interreligious dialogue.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Cintia Bustos, Councilor for Youth of the City Council of Cordoba.who, after welcoming to the city “union of culture and different religions”.He thanked, on behalf of the youth, the celebration of these meetings that speak of other religions and seek to enrich and live in peace. “Thank you for caring about the present and the future of nations,” he concluded.
The director of the University Institute of Religious Sciences of the Complutense University, Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa, alluded to the study of religions in the university environment and the need for dialogue that implies “mutual respect, the ability to listen to others and the openness to understand them”.
Professor Álvarez-Pedrosa stressed that those engaged in the study of interreligious dialogue want to make it known that “things can be different and that intolerance cannot have the last word”. For the professor, dialogue includes the exchange of ideas between religions and learning “from each other”.
Words that coincided with those of the deputy director of the Unesco Chair in Conflict Resolution at the University of Cordoba, Fernando López MoraHe emphasized participation and understanding, especially in this geopolitical world, and praised the holding of this Forum with the participation of great specialists. “which places Cordoba in a very special place in this type of dynamization”..