Minister of Culture and Sports: Culture lights the way of human civilization

19 May, 2021

The Qatari Authors Forum held yesterday evening a symposium entitled “Writing and Authorship, Ambassadors of Culture to Promote Cultural Diversity”, in celebration of the International Day for Cultural Diversity. This celebration comes this year within the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021.

The symposium witnessed very important speeches by H.E  Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, Dr. Hamda Hassan Al-Sulaiti, Secretary-General of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and H.E Dr. Salem bin Muhammad Al-Malik, Director General of ISESCO Organization.

His Excellency the Minister of Culture and Sports said in his speech that The Noble Qur’an proved that diversity is the law of human gathering. He pointed out that “this divine law preserves to human his peculiarity, regardless of his language, color and culture within the framework of acceptance and respect for others, because the belief in cultural diversity is a common denominator among all human beings, and it is one of the principles of our civilization and our message to the world”.

He added that the event of Doha capital of culture in the Islamic world, confirms that culture is a light that illuminates the way of human civilization, and it is a safety valve for society as it is closely linked to identity, emphasizing that the civilization advances by difference rather than symmetry, and Cultural diversity rises through human dignity.

His Excellency added that human dignity is based on freedom and justice, which are two basic components between members of the same society and with all human societies.  From this point of view, he explained that the free people in any part of our world do not accept attacks on human dignity or injustice.

The minister of culture affirmed that what is happening now in Palestine is a blatant attack on the Palestinians and all the free people in the world. This attack targeted is not only Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and Gaza, but also that human covenant which humanity has gathered around it and proclaimed by United Nations charters.

For her part, Dr. Hamda Hassan Al-Sulaiti said that Qatar has been keen for a long time to pay attention to the cultural diversity, the dialogue of cultures and civilizations, believing in the effective role of cultural diversity, cultural and intellectual dialogue, respect for other cultures in the rapprochement between peoples, and the promotion of the values ​​of tolerance, peace and security in the world which able to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

She added that Qatar has hosted many conferences, seminars and forums on dialogue between cultures, civilizations and religions, including the cultural diversity festivals, which are held annually in Katara, with the participation of many countries, also there is Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the Qatari Committee for the Alliance of Civilizations, which aims to promote dialogue and openness, consolidate the values ​​of tolerance, solidarity and peace among peoples, to reject violence and extremism.

For his part, His Excellency Dr. Salem bin Muhammad Al-Malik said the topic of symposium consistent with the goals pursued by the events of Doha capital of culture in the Islamic world 2021, as part of “ISESCO” program to celebrate the capitals of culture in the Islamic world, and within the framework of the “ISESCO” declaration on cultural diversity.

In this context, he added that “ISESCO” attaches, within its new strategic plan, great attention and a high position to issues of cultural diversity and civilizational dialogue, basing in this on a number of principles and constants, including rational openness to the countries of the world, to enhance the values ​​of coexistence between people of diverse cultures, and to consolidate the culture of dialogue between the components of the international community.

The Director General of “ISESCO” affirmed that in light of the continuous violations that the Palestinian cause has been subjected to for the past 73 years, “ISESCO” affirms that it stands these days with the Palestinian people, and it supports the working in the educational, cultural and social fields in Palestine.

The symposium also included a discussion session across two axes:  First is “Promoting cultural diversity through books and writing”. H.E Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, presented a paper entitled “Investing Cultural Diversity to Enrich Writing, Transfer Experiences and Introduce Cultural Characteristics Through Writing”. While Dr. Abd al-Elah bin Arafa, Advisor to the Director General of ISESCO,  mentioned in his paper to the role of thinkers and writers in transmitting culture and supporting cultural diversity.

The second axis discussed the role of translation as a bridge for understanding between cultures, with the participation of H.E Ambassador Khaled Fateh Al-Rahman, Director of the Center for Civilized Dialogue Center at ISESCO. He said that the translation deserves to be given the utmost importance in connecting cultures and civilizations.

Ambassador Khaled at the conclusion of his speech made 3 recommendations, the first of which is the need to give special attention to translation advancing the requirements of civilized understanding, the second is emphasizing the unique value of creative translation in promoting trends of cultural understanding, and the third is recognizing the necessities that Translation required in the publishing equation.

In turn, Dr. Muhammad Abed, research supervisor at Farouk College of Kerala, India, presented in his paper the topic of “Translation and its role in introducing Arab and Islamic heritage”.