Center for Interfaith Dialogue
Center for Interfaith Dialogue
Director: Sadykova Elmira Lenarovna
Academic degree / title: PhD of politics
Working hours: 9.00 - 18.00 Mon-Fri
Regulation on the division: (pdf)
"Islam and Christianity, like other world religions, are based on fundamental humanistic values that are of lasting importance; on charity and love for one's neighbor, on justice and respect for man. Therefore, combining the efforts of religious organizations and their constructive interaction with state and public structures will necessarily help to strengthen civil peace and harmony.
It is very important to preserve our positive historical experience, preserve and pass on to posterity a unique asset-good traditions of friendship, mutual respect and understanding between people who profess different religions", from the speech of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the conference "Orthodoxy and Islam: world religions" (November 21, 2019, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic).
"We value the accumulated experience of interreligious dialogue, especially between Christianity and Islam.
It is worth noting the increasing social role of traditional faiths. Their authority and active position today are a serious obstacle to the spread of religious extremism.
Much has been done to restore sacred places. Managed not only to recreate the historical monuments in ancient Bolgar and island of Sviyazhsk and to build a modern infrastructure, but more importantly to revive spiritual life", from the annual message of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan R.N. Minnikhanov at State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan (25 September 2019).
World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7
Building bridges without borders
World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated in the first week of February each year.
In its 65/5 statement, the General Assembly declared the first week of February of each year to be the world week of harmonious interfaith relations between all religions, creeds and confessions.
It also called on all states to support, on voluntary basis, the dissemination of ideas of interfaith harmony and goodwill in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship around the world during this week, based on love of God and love of one's neighbor, or reverence for good and love of one's neighbor, depending on one's own religious traditions or beliefs.
Everything in our world is becoming more interconnected, but this does not mean that people and societies actually live together. This is evidenced by the isolation that affects millions of poor people, women, young people, migrants and disadvantaged minorities. Today, humanity has more information, technology and knowledge than ever before, but people still lack the wisdom to prevent conflict, eradicate poverty, and give everyone the opportunity to learn to live in harmony in a safe world.
In these new conditions of instability and globalization, it is necessary to realize that peace is not just the absence of war. Peace means living together, regardless of our differences; gender, race, language, religion or culture, and promoting universal justice and respect for human rights on which this coexistence depends. In this regard, peace should not be taken for granted. This is a continuous process, a long-term goal that requires constant improvement, vigilance and active participation by everyone. This is a choice that must be made in each individual situation, a daily decision to engage in a sincere dialogue with other individuals and communities, regardless of how close or far they live.
Today, it is more important than ever to promote and disseminate values, behaviors and attitudes that promote dialogue, non-violence and cultural convergence, in accordance with the principles of the UNESCO universal Declaration on cultural diversity, which States: "In our increasingly diverse societies, it is essential to ensure harmonious interaction among people and groups with plural, varied and dynamic cultural identities as well as their willingness to live together. Policies for the inclusion and participation of all citizens are guarantees of social cohesion, the vitality of civil society and peace. Thus defined, cultural pluralism gives policy expression to the reality of cultural diversity. Indissociable from a democratic framework, cultural pluralism is conducive to cultural exchange and to the flourishing of creative capacities that sustain public life." (Article 2. "From cultural diversity to cultural pluralism").
Learning to live together.
In a modern society characterized by ever-increasing diversity, UNESCO continues to work continuously to fulfill its fundamental humanistic mission-to promote mutual understanding among people and to build a lasting peace together. However, lasting peace is the result of a complex and fragile set of daily behaviors and actions at the local level, as well as fleeting connections that communities and individuals maintain out of the belief that these connections can create secure conditions for decent coexistence and shared well-being.
Modern society faces a growing number of problems and threats, including inequality, exclusion, violence, and sectarianism. These global problems are compounded by local tensions and conflicts that undermine social cohesion. In this light, the ability to live together becomes particularly relevant.
Training and life experience help people acquire cross-cultural communication skills necessary for a successful life in our complex and diverse society. These skills allow us not only to appreciate diversity, but also to resolve conflicts in accordance with the values of pluralism and mutual understanding.