Macedonia congress to highlight Islamic Civilization in Balkans

World Bulletin, 15 October 2010

The Fourth International Congress on “Islamic Civilization in Balkans” has begun in Skopje under the auspices of President Gjorge Ivanov of Macedonia.

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu attended the opening of the congress organized by the Islamic Research center and the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts.

Ihsanoglu gave information about history of Islam during his speech.

In his opening remarks, Macedonian President Ivanov said that the Ottoman Empire succeeded in ensuring legal equality among adherents of different religious beliefs. He also informed participants on Ottoman era policies about the Balkans.

Besides Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts President Georgi Stardelov and members of the executive board of the Academy, a number of academicians and researchers from Turkey, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Bulgaria are attending the congress.

The five-day congress will highlight the history and the heritage of Islamic civilization in the Balkans under their past and present aspects. It will encourage inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches.

The previous congresses were held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2000; Tirana, Albania, in 2003; and Bucharest, Romania in 2006.