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Conference begins to address challenges facing Islamic world

By JT - Apr 27,2017 - Last updated at Apr 27,2017

Chief Islamic Justice Abdul Karim Khasawneh attends the ‘Islam and contemporary challenges in the shadows of the Amman Message’ conference on Thursday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — A three-day conference began in Amman on Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the Islamic world in light of the Amman Message in 2004. 

Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Chief Islamic Justice Abdul Karim Khasawneh opened the “Islam and contemporary challenges in the shadows of the Amman Message” conference, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

With Jordanian, Arab and international participation, the conference comes as a result of a previous conference, titled “Islam is culture and peace in the shadows of the Amman Message”, which was held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in 2013.

According to its website, the Amman Message started as a detailed statement “to declare what Islam is and what it is not, and what actions represent it, and what actions do not”.

Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference Abdulsalam Al Abbadi said that the conference discussed 35 research papers on how to combat the challenges that faces Islam and its nation, highlighting that ignorance of Islam is the most prominent of these challenges.

He also said that the six sessions of the conference discuss the challenges of terrorism and ways to confront it, contemporary Muslim women’s issues, dealing with globalisation and Islamophobia, in addition to the problems of poverty and unemployment and the achievement of comprehensive development, integration and Islamic solidarity.

Abbadi said that the conference committee , made up of 15 members from various institutions and national universities, as well as the Indonesian embassy in Jordan, held 10 extended meetings to prepare for the conference.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Forum of Mediation Sadiq Al Mahdi talked about the most prominent contents of the Amman Message.


Awqaf Minister Wael Arabiyat said that the many challenges facing the Islamic nation call for cooperation to overcome them.

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