Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
Prof. Thiab ‘Ayyoush in Astana, Kazakhstan
29 June – 2 July 2009
Prof. Thiab Ayyoush was officially delegated by Al-Liqa’ Center to represent it in the proceeding of the conference on “Tolerance and Non Discrimination” and the follow up Conference of " World and Traditional Religions" which were to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. The two Conferences were sponsored by the government of Kazakhstan. Al-Liqa Center was asked by the Foreign Ministry to name a delegate to the Conference to represent Palestine in addition to Sheikh Khamis Abdeh, Deputy of the Palestinian Minister of Religious affaires.
Academicians, Diplomats and religious leaders from throughout the world attended the two conferences. The focus of the proceedings of the first Conference revolved around the following:
1. Culture of mutual understanding and respect.
2. The role of Media in promoting tolerance.
3. Protecting rights and freedoms of migrant communities.
Prof. Ayyoush took an active part in the ensuing discussions. The follow up conference on “Traditional Religions’ Leaders” was held in 1and 2 July 2009. Proceedings dwelt on the positions of heavenly religions thinkers and politicians. Prior to that President N. Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan who spoke on the importance of dialogue; and, as example, he talked about his country which comprises followers of several religions.
Discussions, which Prof. Ayyoush took an active part in, focused on the role of religious leaders in building peace which is built on tolerance and mutual respect and cooperation, on ethical and spiritual values and general ethics and on dialogue and cooperation.