CAIRO: Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb will visit Paris in April to conduct a “dialogue between the East and the West” with a number of Western intellectuals, Youm7 reported Friday.
The discussions will demonstrate “the true concepts of Islam,” in endeavors to counter Islamophobia and reach “genuine rapprochement between the East and the West,” according to Youm7.
Earlier this week, Imam al-Tayeb went to Germany to hold similar meetings and delivered a speech before the Bundestag. In 2015 and early 2016, he visited a number of European and Asian countries, including the U.K., Italy and Indonesia.
Egypt’s Al-Azhar, established in 970, is the most prestigious religious institution in the Islamic world. It has embarked on a mission to “correct” the image of Islam before non-Muslims and Muslims recruited by extremist groups.
Meanwhile, Grand Mufti Shawki Allam travelled Wednesday to India to participate in the World Sufi Forum, an international conference on confronting terrorism and extremism, Al Ahram reported.
Notwithstanding Dar al-Iftaa is an independent institution that is authorized to issue fatwas (opinions from an Islamic perspective;) its scholars hail from Al-Azhar.