21 October 2010, Thursday, 14:17

International symposium “Islamic civilization in Volga-Ural region” is opened in Ufa

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

The IV international symposium “Islamic civilization in Volga-Ural region” is opened in Ufa today. Delegations from 18 states have arrived to take part in this action and about 200 people, presenting the international public organizations, state, scientific and religious structures are going to take part in the conference, which is to last during two days.

“The problem, offered for discussion today, is important not just for our national multinational Republic but for the country in a whole” – the deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB Zugura Rakhmatullina said – “Bashkortostan conducts well-balanced state policy, aimed at consolidation of international and inter-religious harmony and we have to cooperate in this direction with other regions and countries because Islam, being one of the traditional religions in Ural-Volga zone, serves as a connecting link between Russia and the countries of the Arab world”.

The symposium is organized under active assistance of the Islamic Conference Organization. The first two conferences were held in Tatarstan and the third – in Ufa in 2008.

“ I hope that our joint activity during two days will help to arrange close cooperation between the Islamic Conference Organization from one side and the leadership RB and scientific community of your Republic from other side” – the general secretary of the Islamic Conference Organization M-r Ekmeleddin Ikhsanoglu said – “Today we regard Russia and its regions as our strategic partners. Our interest in your country, culture and history noticeably increased after 2005, when Russia received the status of an observer under the Islamic Conference Organization. Every year we open something new for us here”.

The symposium will be held at the Bashkir State Pedagogical University. The delegation of the Islamic Conference Organization intends to visit the Bashkir Pedagogical University, the museum of archeology and ethnography and the plant for production of glass packaging “RUSJAM-UFA” today. The meetings with the Republican officials and with the chairman of the Central Clerical Muslim Dept Talgat Tadjuddin are planned for tomorrow.