British Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet Muslim leaders from all over the world next Monday at a major conference on Islam, hosted by the University of Cambridge, southern England, the University said Friday.
The event, to be held in central London on the 4th and 5th of June, aims to explore ways in which greater unity and understanding might be fostered between Muslims and non-Muslims in the societies in which they live, the University said in a press release. Representatives from more than 30 countries will be attending.
It is hoped that the discussions will not only address policy and policy-makers at a domestic and international level, but seek to address concerns of local communities both in Britain and elsewhere.
A key question for the conference will be to consider how to extend the debate onto the streets and into local communities.
The conference is being organised by the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme (CIP), based in the Universitys Faculty of Divinity.
CIP is a teaching and research programme that seeks to achieve a deeper understanding of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It also aims to develop public outreach programmes for the benefit of faith communities and wider society.
The event wil open with a video message from the heir to the British throne Prince Charles, who has called many times for better understanding and cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
Other speakers will include the Grand Mufti of Egypt Shaykh Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia Mufti Mustafa Ceric, and the leader of Britains main opposition Conservative Party David Cameron. Professor David Ford, Director of CIP, said in a statement "There is an urgent need for Islam and traditionally Christian cultures to understand one another specifically from a religious perspective."
"The conference will focus on the relationship between Islam and the non-Muslim world, inviting Muslims from this country and abroad to discuss the challenges we all face in creating communities that can accommodate and thrive on the religious diversity that exisits in Britain, Europe and beyond." Speakers and guests will be encouraged to consider the contribution Islamic debate has made to a host of contemporary topics including citizenship, the place of Islamic law, women's issues, and human rights.
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