ABU DHABI, Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies will convene its fourth annual forum under the theme 'Global Peace and the fear of Islam' on December 11th, 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

The event will be chaired by Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, President of the forum.

The theme of the forum was chosen to examine the common factors that potentially pose a threat to regional or global peace, examining hate speech and its societal and global impact on peace, through the prevalence of hyper-fear of Islam, commonly known as Islamophobia.

At its fourth annual assembly, the forum hopes to necessitate the intellectual and social groundwork to enable Muslims and people of other faiths to coexist peacefully, via the sharing of ideas and experiences by a select group of experts.

The forum's Executive Director, Zeshan Zafar, said, "This convergence is critical to vaccinate against deconstructive ideological notions that threaten security and further conflagration in Muslim societies, fuelling a vicious cycle of mutual fear and suspicion which fosters hatred, racism and exclusion."

Discussions at this year's forum will also examine how religions can take up the challenge to promote the spirit of peace through examples of best practice, such as the successful birth of a modern-day 'Alliance of Virtue' witnessed in Abu Dhabi, through the forum's 2017 flagship programme, the American Peace Caravan. This initiative for the first time brought Rabbis, Pastors and Imams in the US to develop multi-religious grassroots-based solutions, to bridge the divide and bring together religious communities based on their shared values.

The three-day conference will see the participation of more than 700 Arab and Muslim scholars, alongside an elite of high-level intellectual and religious dignitaries from around the world, representing different intellectual, religious and cultural trends.

The participants will deliberate on ways to reach peaceful intellectual outcomes to ward off potential risks against communities and avoid the impact of exacerbating risks on different regions around the world. They will also discuss means to create a global peaceful movement, similar to the pre-Islamic 'Alliance of Virtue', which opposes violence, radicalism and extremism through peaceful coexistence and conviviality.

Source: Emirates News Agency