ECSSR organises lecture on 'Religious Scholars and Counter-Extremist Ideology'

ABU DHABI, 28th January, 2016 (WAM) — The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR, organised a lecture entitled, “Religious Scholars and Counter-Extremist Ideology: A Plan to Protect the Younger Generations (Insights from The Mirage),” by Dr. Naji Rashed Hassan Al-Arabi, an assistant professor at the College of Arts and the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Bahrain.

The lecture was attended by large group of academics, diplomats, military personnel, journalists as well as many interested individuals, who interacted positively with the visions and ideas put forward in the lecture.

Dr. Al-Arabi praised the ECSSR’s role in enriching the research and intellectual fields in the region and the world and praised the efforts of Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi in the management of the ECSSR, an important think tank.

In his lecture he said that extremism in terms of language means to deviate from moderation and it is an old phenomenon, which has varied across different time periods.

He added that scholars have a mission and an essential role that must be performed in order to clarify any Sharia matters confusing the public. He suggested that scholars should build bridges of trust among peoples and that the state should be the guardian of matters of religion.

Dr. Al-Arabi concluded by introducing a plan for immunising the young generation against extremism. He explained that this plan must not be the task of one person; therefore, a committee of specialised and qualified persons must be formed to be able to achieve such a significant goal.