Indian, Indonesian ulema to discuss interfaith living, radicalisation

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NSA Ajit Doval with Sufi leaders (File)

New Delhi

Indonesia’s Minister for Political, Legal and Security Coordination Affairs Dr. Mohd. Mahfud M.D. is scheduled to attend an interfaith conference on the role of ulema in fostering a culture of interfaith peace amd social harmony in India and Indonesia in Delhi on November 29. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will participate in the Conference.

The Conference is being organized by the India Islamic Cultural Center and the issues to be discussed pertain to Islam and its practices in the context of rising radicalisation and also on how to bring about harmony in multi-cultural and multi-faith societies of the two countries.

It is pertinent to mention that Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population and India’s Muslim population is the second largest. Both countries have rich culture and diversity. Though Indonesia is a Muslim majority country,. It’s not an Islamic nation and practises secular laws.

The conference will be inaugurated by Ajit Doval. he will deliver the inaugural address. Indonesia's Minister Dr. Mohd. Mahfud M.D will also address the conference.

There are three important sessions in day-long conference The first session is on Islam: Continuity and Change. In this, the historical and cultural contexts of Islam and the teachings of Islam on peaceful coexistence will be highlighted.

In the second session, the participants will address the issue of embracing and experiencing communalism in an inter-religious society. In this session, the participants will dwell upon the subject of inclusive roots of Indian Islam and its traditions. The delegation from Indonesia will share their experiences on inclusive living in a multicultural society.

In the third session, the participants will discuss the thorny topic of countering radicalization and extremism in both the countries.

Interrestingly the Indonesia ulema will also have a close door session with the leaders of non-Islamic faiths.

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As religious identities are becoming pronounced the world over, the participants will discuss the ways of countering misinformation and propaganda and prepare a common narrative to tackle extremism. The delegates of two countries will share their experiences and perspectives on how to use education to fight extremism.