1In the Islamic Center in Zagreb on Thursday, December 6, At the beginning of 18:30, the presentation of Academician Rešid Hafizovic's book "Islam in the Cultural Identity of Europe" was held.
Qurra' hafiz Aziz ef. Alili, head imam of Medzlis Zagreb welcomed guests himself


Dr. Kazem Zoghi Barani, director of the Science and Research Institute "Ibn Sina" in Sarajevo, welcome the guests on behalf of the publisher and expressed gratitude to Medzlis from Zagreb and the Bosniak national community as hosts and co-organizers of this event.
In connection with the significance of this book and its contents, dr. Barani said: I hope that this book will draw the attention of the academic and intellectual public in this region, especially bearing in mind the intercultural dialogue and challenges of the modern era, which certainly includes the issue of cultural identities. For Europe and re-defining its cultural identity, Islam and Muslims are an unavoidable topic. Naturally, in this context, it is especially true for Muslims who will offer this reading and the pattern of living Islam to Europe.
Mr. In his presentation, Saeed Abedpour in particular highlighted two chapters from the book by academician Hafizovic, saying: In his Introduction, academician Hafizovic portrays Islam as a religion of love for Europe. The religion of love, interpreted by their works and contributing to the whole world culture and civilization, are giants of classical Muslim thinking and spirit, such as Gazali, Rumi, Ibn Arebi, Hafiz, Sadi Shirazia and others. In the first chapter of this book, Hafizovic speaks about Europe's cultural identity, and more precisely, attempts to define it, and concludes that it is possible to speak of identities rather than a uniform European cultural identity. Here, the author consults the inevitability of Islam and Muslims as participants in the construction of European culture, reminding of the long history of the Muslim presence on this continent and their valuable achievements in his conceit, cultural and civilizational development.
Nermin Hodzic recalled the most important details from the author's biography and bibliography. Hodzic then, referring to the concept of the love religion, emphasized that in the conclusion about which academician Hafizovic speaks in the Introduction, in fact, a concept that does not suppose the other, is that different perceptions of different diabolizations, fears and conflicts develop from the perception. Hodzic added: If we take Orientalism in his word (Edward Said), the worst possible Muslim response to such orientalist narrations would be to reverse Orientalism or Occidentalism, which is recalled here and there by some Muslim narratives today.
Academician Rešid Hafizović, a full-time professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences in Sarajevo, said in his presentation that he did not intend to speak specifically about the book, adding: "In writing this book, I certainly did not try to raise any interests beyond what is the facts. Hence, maybe she will not like it, but this is not the subject of my interest. Akademik Hafizović talked about the state of the Muslims today in the world, a situation which can hardly be considered satisfactory: For many reasons, one of the most significant is the lack of education, as well as the neglect of the development of intellectual islam, that is, the one thought of at the expense of the ritual Islam, which is reduced mainly to fulfill the prescribed rites. For each of the assertions of prof. dr. Hafizovic also offered very interesting examples from history, such as those of the Muslims of Pyrénées, that is, from Andalusia, where many of the top scientists lived and worked and brought light on the development and progress that illuminated a much wider area than the one in which it was created, reaching even the farthest of Europe. At the same time, he emphasized that today is a lot of Muslims, but that their cries are not heard and do not represent a significant factor on the global stage, and because of the lack of quality education, Muslims today do not even have a "world marketer of ideas." Basically, it has already been established and accepted rarely from the East comes the momentum of development.

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