ICYF-DC PRESIDENT DELIVERS A TALK AT THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY
OXFORD. 6 December 2014.
ICYF-DC President Amb. Elshad Iskandarov delivered a key-note speech at the opening of OxGAPS Majlis at St. Antony’s College of the world-renowned Oxford University.
Addressing the participants of the conference representing academia, experts of international relations of the Middle East and Oxford students from the Gulf region ICYF-DC President addressed the issue of Islamophobia as a key element directly affecting current turmoil in the region and which endangers peace and stability on a global scale. Underlying that economic underdevelopment and radicalization are two other dangerous elements of vicious triangle the speaker offered to address Islamophobia in a new light.
Discussing the effects of this recent decades phenomena ICYF-DC President aired importance of turning Islamophobia from challenge to opportunity. “The only way of eradicating narrative of victimization of Muslims is to develop and implement worldview concept by Muslims themselves which will transfer Muslims own understanding of ethical and developmental potential of Islam as the faith motivating both spiritual and intellectual contemplation.” – stressed the speaker.
Presenting the new strategy of ICYF-DC adopted at the Forum’s 2nd General Assembly under the title “10Goals in 10Years” Amb. Iskandarov underlined that the strategy is aimed at preparing new generation of the OIC countries to meet the challenges of globalizing world.
He further noted that this very strategy will contribute to developing a novice worldview to deal with issues related to coping with globalization while upholding ethical values of Islam. He went further to described 3 levels of this worldview as the ones promoting Muslims to be “guardians of oneselves”, “guardians of surrounding environment” and “guardians of the globe”. At the end of presentation Amb. Iskandarov responded to the questions from the audience.
Within his visit to Oxford ICYF-DC President also visited the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and discussed with the Head of the Centre Dr. Farhan Nizami the prospects of bilateral cooperation with a view of presenting true image of Islamic civilization in the West fostering intercultural dialogue and countering dangerous traits of Islamohobia.