Ismail Serageldin


Confronting Extremist Ideas with Ideas

05/01/2015 | Alexandria

This week Bibliotheca Alexandria  hosted a three day Regional Conference for a Comprehensive  Arab Strategy towards the Confrontation of Terrorism and Extremism. Held under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the conference convened also on the invitation of Former Egyptian President Adly Mansour at the Arab Summit in Kuwait in March 2014, with the participation of Nabil El-Araby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, and more than 200 prominent  Egyptian and Arab  thinkers and  intellectuals, and representatives of Al Azhar, churches, and cultural and religious institutions.

In his address to the conference, Serageldin said that while security measures are necessary in confronting violence and terrorism, the extremist ideas that foster such violence must be confronted with ideas and culture.

The strategies and recommendations reached in this conference will be submitted to the coming Arab Summit to be held in Cairo this year, Serageldin said.


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