26.03.2017 - ODG

Director-General to present UNESCO’s collection on “Different Aspects of Islamic Culture” in Oxford

© Shutterstock.com / EnciktatInterior of Masjid Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia

On 27 March, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, will participate in a launch event for the collection on “Different Aspects of Islamic Culture”, which was completed in August 2016, held at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, in Oxford, United Kingdom.

The Director-General, Dr Farhan Nizami, Founder-Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Dr Abdulrahim Ali, Editor of Volume VI, will open the event. A panel discussion on "Common Heritage and Cultural Diversity in Muslim Societies: Understanding the Past, Building the Future" will follow, with addresses from Professor Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University, Professor Carole Hillenbrand, St Andrews University, and Professor Bruce Lawrence, Duke University.

"The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture" is the latest collection of UNESCO's General and Regional Histories Project, a project that introduces another way of writing the history of populations by de-compartmentalizing historical narratives and by putting an emphasis on the values and links between populations on a regional and global scale.

This collection has been completed with financial and logistical support from the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) of Libya. It is a collection of six thematic volumes that gathers the contributions of around 150 scholars, Muslims and non-Muslims, from all over the world. It reflects profound academic exchanges among members of the Scientific Committee of the project, editors and authors, in order to present a comprehensive historical and geographical overview of Islamic culture.

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