The triennial Organization of the Islamic Cooperation conference just ended in Turkey.
The final communique for the two day conference has 218 paragraphs and weighs in on tons of topics, including most of the first 15 condemning Israel.
There's a lot to unpack there, with resolutions on terrorism and Iran and other topics, but these two paragraphs were interesting to me:
163. The Conference stressed that culture must be used as a leverage for a sustainable and inclusive development, along with the Islamic values, and the most important action is to mainstream culture as a strategic tool for achieving OIC goals; Therefore, it commended the efforts of the OIC Secretary General for his initiatives aiming at promotion and defending unified position on issues of common interest, including the dialogue among civilizations and religions; promoting interfaith harmony, tolerance and non-discrimination; to safeguard historic and Islamic character of the holy places as well as Islamic cultural and civilizational heritages.Culture and "inter-religious dialogue" are means to achieve political goals, and there is no interest in "dialogue" - just to use the Western concept of a free exchange of ideas to promote political Islam in the rest of the world.
169. The Conference encouraged all Member States to promote inter-faith and inter-religious dialogues within the OIC Member States to raise awareness about religious interpretations and beliefs, and open space for further discussion about Islam and faith and to initiate relevant projects at the level of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. In this regard, the Conference welcomed and commended the Government of the State of Qatar and its partners for regularly organizing an international interfaith dialogue conference which aims to promote and defend the image of Islam and the Muslim Ummah.
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