International Relations and the Dialogue between Civilizations

International Relations and the Dialogue between Civilizations

  • 26 August 2015

The dialogue of civilizations today is in the heart of the problem of international relations for the following reasons: first, after the end of the Cold War the question of Western dominance and the search for a just international order emerged; second, no civilization today is Eastern or Western—we need to talk, collaborate and cooperate to inspire a new common civilization; and third, ignorance is at the root of the problem— therefore, connections need to be made for peaceful coexistence. There will be no international peace without lasting relationships, justice and a focus on law and equality.

The dialogue of civilizations contributes to the prevention and resolution of conflicts, wars and crises. Credibility stems from self-criticism and a sense of responsibility to both understand the other and explain our own ambitions, especially in defending the rights of Muslims in the face of illegitimate and illegal attacks and interventions. By opening up, exercising due care, and making a contribution to overcoming the contradictions and weaknesses of Islamic societies, we may help to solve problems. The challenge lies in the need to achieve integration and harmony between the fixed and the variable, between unity and human pluralism, as well as in the necessity of innovation and the importance of avoiding self-isolation.

Muslims appear to comprise the last resistance to the Western model in all fields. It is necessary for the West to recognize that dialogue, as a civilized method, was promoted thanks to Islam. Islam was the first to establish and promote dialogue to prove the truth, facilitate coexistence, and achieve established goals. Common understanding and dialogue among civilizations is a requirement of human nature, necessitated by the conditions and rapid changes of the contemporary world. This requires a search for common denominators that bring human beings together and build bridges of friendship, cooperation and understanding among nations and peoples.

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Wednesday 26 August 2015

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Wednesday 26 August 2015

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