CIHRS 6th Regional Forum of the Arab Human Rights Movement: Practical Methods for Renewal of Religious Discourse

In Annual Regional Forums, Human Rights Dissemination Program by CIHRS

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) organized the 6th Regional Forum of the Arab Human Rights Movement, which was held in Paris from August 12-13, 2003. The forum called for discussion on practical methods to renew religious discourse, among a group of thirty  thinkers, researchers and human rights defenders from eight Arab countries.

The forum consisted of six sessions, in which working papers were presented by Ahmed Abdel Moati Hegazi, Al-Baqir Al-Afif, Gamal al-Banna, Slaheddine Jourchi, Faisal Darraj, and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd. The discussion that took place on these papers exhibited seriousness, commitment, depth, and a sense of true responsibility among intellectuals and researchers. Their participation was a representation of their individual intellectual perspectives rather than perspectives borne of  affiliation with any party, entity, or organization.

The working papers and dialogue primarily focused on answering a basic question: How can the modern world, which has reached great scientific, technological, social, political and cultural development, be accommodated with the Arab region’s religious and intellectual heritage? How can this development be accommodated without the region either losing its cultural authenticity or becoming isolated from the surrounding world and remaining in a stagnant position?

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