An immersion course in Muslim culture

27 de novembro de 2017

São Paulo – The Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras) is holding the 5th edition of course ‘The Islamic World’ from December 4 to 8 at Instituto Rio Branco, Brazil’s school for diplomats, in Brasília. This time around, there will be debate panels, allowing for increased lecturer-attendee interaction.

The course will cover the peculiarities of Muslim-majority countries, especially regarding the halal niche (products and services that comply with Islamic tradition), and it is designed to broaden Brazil’s ties with those countries in diplomacy and trade.

“Awareness of these issues is crucial. Through our ‘The Islamic World’ course, we have managed to achieve our mission of showing everyone what the essence of Islam is about,” said Fambras vice president Ali El Zoghbi.

The program will include five modules. The first one is themed “Religion, Principles and Doctrinal Structure”; the second one is “Islamic Civilizational History;’” module three will cover “Geopolitics, Islam and Contemporaneity;” module four is “Geopolitics, Islam and Safety;” and module five is about “Economics, Market and International Trade.”

In addition to these modules, three panels will cover “Islam and its compatibility with modernity;” “Media narratives and their impact on relations with Islam;” and “Inter-religious dialogue as a tool for a culture of peace and its role in the world crisis.”

Speakers will include eleven professors from renowned Brazilian and non-Brazilian universities, including Ali Mazloum (Unilisboa), Ângela Martins (Instituto Mauá), Arlene Clemesha (USP), Jamil Ibrahim Iskadar (Unifesp) and Fernando Luiz Brancoli (UFRJ, Sorbonne).

Also featured will be nine guest speakers, among them Diogo Bercito (a journalist with newspaper Folha de S. Paulo), Majeda Ahmad Qasim Omar Royal (from the Institute for Inter-Faith Studies) and Rubens Hannun, president of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been supporting the event since its first edition. Hannun will speak on trade and exports from Brazil to Muslim countries on Friday (8), during module five.

“It’s important for Brazil to really understand what Islamic culture is about, and the Arab Chamber’s role is to convey a vision of the potential that this trade holds, which is magnificent. Muslim countries have young demographic profiles. They’re increasingly present on the global scenario and have growing purchasing power,” Hannun remarked.

The program is intended for Instituto Rio Branco and University of de Brasília (UnB) students, diplomats from different countries, Brazilian Foreign Ministry diplomats, federal authorities and civil servants, and guests of the Foreign Ministry’s and Fambras’. Journalists looking to attend can get in touch with Fambras to enroll.

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Course “The Muslim World”
December 4 to 8, 2017
Instituto Rio Branco - Brasília (DF)

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum