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The Role of Non-State Actors in Interfaith Bridging

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The period from the 8th to the 14th centuries was not only an era …

The period from the 8th to the 14th centuries was not only an era
marking the existence of the Muslim empire in Andalusia; it was one of the
historical eyewitnesses on the remarkably outstanding model of interfaith
tolerance in which nowhere else in the world had there been so long and so
close of a relationship between the three faiths: Islam, Christianity and
Judaism. To pay tribune to that era and bridge its impact on our modern
time, the Foundation of Three Cultures came to the forth with the aim to
unite Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures and contribute in synergizing
the three regions’ efforts to face up the third millennium’s challenges. The
aim of this presentation, accordingly, is to bridge up the past with present
of interfaith and intercultural coexistence in Andalusia by zooming in on the
work of the foundation as a non-state body that works to create a
framework for multilateral relationships to promote shared prosperity,
peace and intercultural understanding across the Mediterranean.


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  • 1. THE CULTURES OF SPAIN CONFERENCE “CENTURIES OF MULTICULTURALISM AND INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE WITHIN THE ANDALUSIA REGION” The Role of Non-State Actors in Interfaith Bridging: The Foundation of Three Cultures Abdeslam Badre – Morocco badre@culturaldiplomacy.org abdeslambadre@yahoo.com 1 icd - Institute of Cultural Diplomacy The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - October 2012
  • 2. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of Cultural DiplomacyOUTLINE I. Impacts of Andalusian Muslims’ Scholarship on Modern Time II. Non-State Actors in Interfaith Dialogue: The Case of the October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - “FundaciónTresCulturas” 3.1. Background of the Foundation 3.2. Behind the Scene 3.3. Goals & Objectives 3.4. Implementation Strategy 3.5. Beneficiaries 2
  • 3. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - Cultural Diplomacy October 2012 3 WHY FUNDACIÓNTRESCULTURAS?
  • 4. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of BILATERAL CULTURAL DIPLOMACY: Cultural Diplomacy NGOs MODEL 1 Country A NGOs October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - Country B Private Public Sector SectorCountry A Country APublic Private Sector Sector Country B Country B 4
  • 5. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of NGOs BILATERAL CULTURAL DIPLOMACY: Cultural Diplomacy Country A MODEL B NGOs Country B Private October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - Sector Individuals Country BCountry A Public Individuals Sector Country B Country B Public Sector Country A Private Sector Country B 5
  • 6. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of “FUNDACIÓNTRESCULTURAS” Cultural Diplomacy HISTORICAL CONTEXT 1995: the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Barcelona October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - 1998: The Kingdom of Morocco and the the autonomous government of Andalusia joined forces to create an organization March 1999: the creation of the FundaciónTresCulturas in the Spanish city of Seville 6
  • 7. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of THE FOUNDATION’S VICE Cultural Diplomacy PRESIDENT, ANDRE AZOULAYcalled on Moroccan and Spanish civil societies to October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - break cliches and "get mobilized" to give a new impetus to relations between the two countries, to evaluate the evolution of the two civil societies "in a worldundermined by doubts andintellectual nervousness." 7
  • 8. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute ofBEHIND THE FOUNDATION Cultural Diplomacy King of Morocco, Mohammed VI King Juan Carlos of Spain October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - The National Palestinian Authority The Peres Peace Centre Various figures from the worlds of banking Academicians Representatives from the Junta de Andalusia Ministers from Spanish, Moroccan, Israeli and Palestinian governments 8
  • 9. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of Cultural DiplomacyIMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - “In a complex, political world, it is culture that provides the best channel for dialogue.” 9
  • 10. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute ofGOALS & OBJECTIVES Cultural Diplomacy  The Foundation’s main objective is to unite Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures from the region. The main key principles guide the Foundation’s work: October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain -  The relationship between Andalusia and Morocco  The Middle Eastern Alliance and support from the European Union for similar projects that bring Mediterranean countries closer together  The core ethos of the foundation are Peace, dialogue, coexistence and stability  In particular, dialogue and cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives is one of the focal objectives of the foundation. 10
  • 11. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute ofIMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY Cultural Diplomacy Conferences Debates Talks October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - Exhibitions Concerts by musicians from the region Offers Arabic and Hebrew Language courses Collaborates in book fairs - such as one most recently held in Cairo Participates in commemorative events such as International Holocaust Remembrance Day 11
  • 12. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute ofIMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY … Cultural Diplomacy Regular events at the headquarters in Seville, such as: October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - “Cinema Tuesdays”: less well known films and pertinent to the objectives of the foundation are shown In recent years a number of Mediterranean cities and regions like Beirut, Tangiers, Istanbul and Sicily have been represented on the silver screen and audiences have been treated to screenings of such delights as Turtles can Fly, No Man’s Land and CaroDiario (Dear Diary). 12
  • 13. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute ofIMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY… Cultural Diplomacy The library houses a comprehensive collection of books and October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain -  documents on such issues as the Arab world, Euro- Mediterranean relations, human rights, conflict resolution, development and migration  Books are lent free of charge, which is vital to achieve the objective of promoting an interest and understanding of different cultures at the very heart of Andalusian society. 13
  • 14. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of Foundation: “FundaciónTresCulturas” THE FOUNDATION Cultural Diplomacy Birth: 1999 (SEVILLE) Location: SEVILLE PROFILE SUMMARY Stands out for:  Being the meeting point of the Mediterranean.  Promote Countries of the Mediterranean to joined forces to celebrate their diverse cultures and build a platform for international understanding and dialogue.  Culture is lending its services to the peace October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - process. Funding:Governor of Andalusia and the Kingdom of Morocco. Directed to: the Community Muslim, Jewish and Christian Community of Seville, and Spain at Large. Researchers, Artist, Academicians, and wide public Headquarter building: It remains a striking example of Moroccan art, and the impressive building boasts a variety of amenities, including an auditorium with capacity for 200 people, an exhibition area, archives, classrooms, a central square and a library specializing in Mediterranean topics and the Arab world. 14
  • 15. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - Cultural Diplomacy October 2012 15
  • 16. 10/19/12 - icd - Institute of Cultural Diplomacy THANK YOU!Reference: http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/031219/20 03121928.html October 2012 The Cultures of Spain Conference - Spain - http://www.tresculturas.org/secciones/actividades/otras %20actividades/imgs/fotos_antiguas/_MG_4199.jpg http://www.tresculturas.org/exposiciones360/albordedeu npoema/ http://www.tertuliaandaluza.com/cultura/fundacion-tres- culturas-del-mediterraneo/lang/en/ http://www.hispanicmuslims.com/andalusia/andalusia.ht ml http://www.geocities.com/mfbeig/abercrombie.html 
43. Burke, James. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1985. 16