1On Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 March, 2019, at the Islamic Center in Zagreb, the International Symposium "Religion and the Nations" was held. More than thirty works by authors from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Vatican and Iran were presented at the symposium. The Symposium was organized by Mešihat of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Medzlis Islamic Community Zagreb, the Institute of Science and Research "Ibn Sina", the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the University of Zagreb, the European Academy of Science and Arts and the Bosniak Academy of Sciences.


The Symposium is opened by Reisu-l-ulema of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina dr. Husein ef. Kavazovic, and besides him at the ceremonial opening ceremony spoke also dr. Aziz ef. Hasanović - Mufti of Zagreb, Zagreb Archbishop Josip Bozanić, Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana Porphyria and academician Asim Kurjak, Dr. Kazem Zoghi Barani, director of the Scientific Research Institute "Ibn Sina" in Sarajevo. The ceremony was attended by Rabbi of the Jewish Municipality of Zagreb, Luciano Moše Prelević, and archpriest Kirko Velinski from the Orthodox Macedonian Church.
In his presentation, Muftidr. Aziz ef.  Hasanović underlined the universality of religion in relation to national identities, especially emphasizing that Islam as a religion from God is revealed to a man contrary to every kind of nationalism and discrimination of people.
Reisu-l-ulema, dr. Husein ef. Kavazović reminded of the dangers brought by nationalism especially in this region, and stressed that faith is universal and that the true recognition of man is possible only in faith as his relationship with God, and the worship of the nation of man leads to a dead end.
Cardinal Josip Bozanić stressed the importance of social research on the relationship between faith and nation in Croatia and neighboring countries that experienced various forms of totalitarianism during the 20th century and added: the faith is a wider human horizon coming from God and sends believers to see brothers and sisters in others.
Academician Asim Kurjak spoke about the importance of connection and relationship between religion and science, emphasizing that mutual respect should exist between these two spheres of man's spiritual and intellectual brides.
Dr. Kazem Zoghi Barani, director of the "Ibn Sina" Scientific Research Institute in Sarajevo, spoke about different models of nation building in the world, especially emphasizing the failure and inefficiency of imported and imposed models: those models are based on the common understanding of concepts and categories What are human needs, a common destiny and a future, models are looking into the future and not trapped in the past.
Dr. Bahador Aminian, a full-time professor at the Foreign Ministry's International Relations and Diplomacy Ministry, spoke about the development of nation-states in the Middle East over the past hundred years, stressing that all interventionist attempts have not only failed but have already received numerous casualties and irreversible consequences for a number of countries. He cited examples of Libya and Iraq, recalling that ISIL also tried to impose its model based on violent extremism and exclusion, which brought only new difficulties to the entire region.

Mr. Saeed Abedpour spoke of the militant system in the Ottoman Empire as well as the kind of modern modern nation in the example of Safavid Iran, underlining the comparative advantage of these two nation-state nations over other countries of the region precisely because of the continuity of statehood and national identity.
Recall, in the ceremonial part of the Symposium, Mufti dr. Hasanovic awarded the Director of the Institute "Ibn Sina" in Sarajevo, who for the fifteenth time participated as a co-organizer of the Symposium held every year in Zagreb on the occasion of the anniversary of the opening of the Zagreb mosque. For the individual contribution to the Symposium, the accolades were given by academician Asim Kurjak and prof.dr. Ivan Markesic.

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