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MWL to Launch International Interfaith Lab

MWL to Launch International Interfaith Lab

Thursday, 1 December, 2022 - 07:00
The signing ceremony between Muslim World League and Columbia University (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Muslim World League (MWL) partnered with Columbia University to launch the International Interfaith Lab. MWL Sec-Gen Mohammed al-Issa witnessed the signing of the agreement along with Cardinal of the Great Cathedral in New York Timothy Dolan, Chief Rabbi Arthur Schneier, university leaders, and members of the US Congress.

The International Interfaith Lab aims to build capabilities against hatred, violence, and civilizational clash. It will be a global platform for research and training in protecting societies from all forms of hate and a center for research, leadership, and training to protect against all forms of hatred based on religion or race.

Issa expressed happiness at Columbia University hosting the project to address forms of hatred, racism, and violence worldwide, through multiple options.

He indicated that the project would be developed through research and training, meaning that the world's problems can be summed up without agreed common values, which leads to a lack of logic, justice, and reason.

The Sec-Gen warned that the world is threatened by the spread of hatred and racism, reiterating the importance of creating a more understanding, peaceful world and societies that are more coexistent and harmonious.

The laboratory will develop reliable training programs for teachers to deter the dangers of extremism, strengthen protection against global hate and discrimination, promote joint efforts, and support initiatives and research to improve coexistence and cooperation in creating a more peaceful and cooperative world.

On the side of the inauguration, the university held an international symposium led by the MWL Sec-Gen, during which he discussed the shared values and methods of confronting the challenges and dangers of hate.

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