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Bibliotheca Alexandrina launches fresh program to fight extremism

Sunday 16-07-2017 - 04:31 PM
Ghada Badr
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (The New Library of Alexandria)

Alexandria [Egypt] - Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) has recently launched anti-extremism program to raise awareness of the perils of radicalization that eventually leads to terrorism. 

Dr. Mostafa El-Feki, BA Director, has inaugurated the 1st session of the program, titled: “The Islamic Culture”.

El-Feki started his speech by saying that the religion of Islam is one of the most tolerant and progressive religions even though it has been exploited by extremists and anti-civilization forces, adding that Islam is, in essence, a religion that cares much about elevating human beings and their mental faculty which is essential maxims of all Islamic duties and jurisprudence.

He pointed out that Islamic extremists are conspiring against Islam for their basest ends.

El-Feki explained that the unique Egyptian identity had been much swayed by the succession of civilizations from the Pharaonic, Greek, Coptic, until the great Islamic civilization, affirming that the concept of citizenship is the bare foundation of the pattern of modern state, and that Islamic culture cherishes that concept. Islam appreciates the nation-state mode of governance for no nation has ever existed without a homeland.

El-Feki also underscored that the role of the Bibliotheca Alexandria is to protect these ideas and to be the voice of the voiceless, asserting the importance of developing a viable mechanism to interact with all ideas and cultures and bend them altogether.


Dr. Mostafa El-Feki,
Dr. Mostafa El-Feki, BA Director, has inaugurated the 1st session of the program
Towards the end, El-Feki also emphatically stated that Egypt will not be divided by religious fanaticism, emphasizing that word Coptic actually means an Egyptian, Muslim and Christian alike. He concluded that we have to change the narrative of religious folks who have gained notoriety for having deep-knee religiosity and self-righteousness that are two hallmarks turning people away from them.

Developing regular reading and perusal habits can go a long way in bettering the social and intellectual lot of citizens, as much as paying attention to the upbringing of future generations. “All these things do really matter in the process of engineering a post-revolutionary Egypt, strong, united and resilient.”

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (English: Library of Alexandria) is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented.

Dr. Mostafa El-Feki is the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Egyptian Parliament, and a political thinker; he served a number of important diplomatic and political posts. He published several books, including, important books on the renewal of nationalist thought. El-Feki was appointed as the new director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 11 May 2017.

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