meeting with the President of International Centre for Dialogue among
Civilizations Dr. Seyyed Ataollah Mohajerani, Australia's Minister for
Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Mr. Philip Ruddock described the
suitable condition of Iranian immigrants to his country, stressing the fact
that all the immigrant residents of Australia are granted the opportunity to
keep their own religion, culture, traditions and traits, and to be at
complete liberty to hold and attend their usual services and ceremonies.
the terms and conditions of immigration to Australia and the Australian
government's plans for the existing and future immigrants to this country,
who was visiting the Centre's headquarters along with the accompanying
delegation, added: "There are several groups of immigrants to
Australia: immigrants from Asia, Africa and Middle East, as well as Latin
America and Europe, are living alongside the old native tribes of this
on the great significance the Australian government puts on maintaining the
rights of native Australians as well as immigrants, Mr.
that %25 of the total population of Australia at present is
consisted of people born outside Australia, and %50 of the country's
residents are from non-English speaking countries, which results in a
cultural diversity that in turn requires the interaction of cultures and
religions in the country.
the necessity for integration of minorities in Australia, Dr. Mohajerani
stated that immigrants to all countries must be allowed to keep their
identity, culture, civilization and cultural identity, and
in this regard, Australia can be defined as a cultural museum.
Mohajerani then said, "The issue of today's world is whether we should
move toward a unique world culture, the so-called Coca Cola Culture, or
encourage the nations to see the necessity of a multicultural world. We
believe that Cultural diversity makes life more beautiful and bearable, and
doubtless the most important requisite of human life is the acceptance of
the diversity of religions, traditions and civilizations.
to the words of the Indian Intellectual Baal, a scholar on intercultural
understanding, Dr. Mohajerani further added,
"People can never reach a complete, %100 understanding, and
basically it is impossible to persuade everyone to follow one single
culture. This means one should not expect a Muslim to change faith after
talking to a Christian, or vice versa; the main objective here should be
understanding, tolerance and respect for others' faiths and beliefs. With
this ground, we want the Iranian residents of Australia to be able to keep
their own beliefs, traditions and culture. To this end, we are ready to
cooperate with Australia to maintain and strengthen the Iranian culture
among the Iranian immigrants to that country, and with the beginning of the
year 2001, Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, this is a goal completely
Centre's President then remarked that a country which is wholly consisted of
one single tribe cannot be a proper ground for the diversity of cultures and
civilizations. Dr. Mohajerani pointed out that a country like Australia,
which is the manifestation of intellectual, cultural and ethnic diversity,
is a perfect ground for encouraging the integrity of different people and
to the 300000 Muslim residents of Australia, of which many are shiites,
Australia's Minister for
Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
also added, "We have tried to understand the religious and cultural
principles of all different immigrants to Australia, and promote cultural
interaction and dialogue to reach and increase the understanding and
integrity among all the people living in this country. For this purpose we
also arrange meetings and gatherings."
At the end of this meeting Dr. Mohajerani accepted Mr. Ruddock’s invitation to visit Australia and attend the cultural-civilizational gatherings of this country, and witness the wave of social changes in Australia.
play a very important role in dialogue among nations”, said President of
ICDAC, Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani, Tehran, Iran, Jan 30, 2001
President of the International Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations, Ataollah Mohajerani said that theaters play a very important role in dialogue among nations.
Addressing a conference on Theater and Dialogue among Civilizations at the Artists' House, he said theater is very close to real life and provides a strong language for communication.
”If we take the civilization as a structure, the spirit of this structure would be culture and the identity to the culture is given by art”, he said.
Art, he said, makes communication possible among humans by employing various phenomenons. ”To express views we can use words, colors and even stone which is considered as the toughest and most silent phenomenon and even the facial expression of people could be considered as means of communication” he noted.
The former minister of culture and Islamic guidance underlined the importance of forging communication among the people of the world and said: “A man who is restricted to the surroundings of his village, city and country is like a person who gains little experience in life due to the lack of friends and acquaintances.
We have no alternative but to pay more attention to culture in a bid to broaden dialogue among civilizations and theater is one of the most effective arts to establish communication”, he said.
Following Mohajerani's speech, a panel discussion was held on Dialogue among Civilizations which was attended by guests from Iran, Egypt, China and Germany.
Conference on “The Viewpoints of Religions on Women & Women's Role in
Formation and Stabilizing of the Civilizations", Tehran, Iran, Feb
A one-day International Conference entitled "The Viewpoints of Religions on Women & Women's Role in Formation and Stabilizing of the Civilizations" will be held on Tuesday February 6 in Tehran.
The conference will be held on the day to commemorate Women's Role in the Islamic Revolution of Iran during the ten-day ceremonies of the revolution's victory.
Beside the intellectual Iranian women who will attend and present articles at the gathering, there will be guests and lecturers from among the wives of the different countries' ambassadors to Tehran and the guests of the conference who have come to Iran to attend the event.
“International Colloquium on the Cinema and Dialogue among Civilizations” will be held at the Centre of Cultural-Artistic Creations at Hejab St., Tehran, Feb. 4 - 6, 2001. Sponsors include Farabi Film Foundation, International Fajr Film Festival, Office of Cultural Studies, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations.
of Violence Prior to Affectionate Regard for Life”,
message of caricaturists from all over the world to the Intl. Caricature
Contest, Tehran, Jan. 28, 2001
Participants from Romania, Italy, Belarus and Iran were awarded the first three prizes of the International Dialogue among Civilizations caricature contest. Several Iranian authorities were present at the function held at Saadabad Cultural Complex in Tehran to award the winners, including IRI President Mohammad Khatami, and Head of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilization Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani.
“Freedom is the most
significant precondition for dialogue”, said
President Khatami at the function, emphasizing that freedom is emancipation
from autocracy and prejudice. He expressed his preference for the awakening
sting of caricatures, adding that to begin the year of Dialogue among
Civilizations with a caricature contest shows that dialogue is a serious
issue rising from the depths of human interest and propensity.
Advisor to President Dr. Mohajerani also emphasized on the sharp and fast effect of language of caricature, relating the message of contestants that before elimination of violence there will be no place for dialogue in the world. He encouraged other cultural organizations to benefit from all artistic means such as the cinema, music, painting, graphics and so on as a promotional tool in support of the theory of Dialogue among Civilizations.
Earlier at the ceremony Editor in Chief of "GOL Agha" Publications Mr. Kioomars Saberi gave an account on the procedure of the contest, saying: "This contest was different from the usual free theme international caricature contests in that its main and only focus was on Dialogue among Civilizations." He further added: "It is obvious from the works of the contestants that they believe their first duty is to reject violence and misery, not to approve love and beauty; a fact that gives the impression that the theory of Dialogue among Civilizations was brought about at a time when nations were in dire need of it to stand against bitterness and violence."
Mr. Saberi then presented the honorary trophy of Gol Agha Publications to President Khatami. Special awards were also presented to a number of outstanding works, and to selected works of contestants less than 18 years of age.
The International Dialogue among Civilizations caricature contest was sponsored by Gol Agha Publications with the cooperation of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations. Of the 1030 participants of the contest 801 were from Iran, and 229 from 44 countries including Germany, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Chile, Palestine, India, France, Sweden, Spain, England, China, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Brazil, and Bosnia.
wedding held at U.N. Headquarters, United Nations, New York, Jan. 28
A mass wedding ceremony was held on the sidelines of the International Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations, Family and Common Human Values.
The ceremony which was held for 250 young couples from over 130 countries, was attended by the leaders of various world religions, including Muslim Shia and Sunni, Christians, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindu.
Participants in the ceremony underlined the importance of family institution and wished prosperity and welfare for the human community.
The young couples, dressed in their traditional costumes, demonstrated diversified cultures from various countries which greatly attracted the attention of reporters, photographers and other media representatives stationed at the U.N. headquarters.
Several couples who had married from different cultures and nationalities read messages to the leaders and people of the world as the representatives of the couples who participated in the mass wedding.
Leaders of world religions separately performed minutes of prayers for the young couples and wished them prosperity.
A number of couples from some Muslim countries appeared at the mass wedding ceremony in their Islamic hijab.
The conference was opened with the participation of 1200 former and present leaders of 150 countries who underscored the role that dialogue plays in the establishment of peace and security in the world.
among Civilizations at the peak of Mount Damavand, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 1,
At the beginning of the year 2001, the UN designated Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, 5 members of Sharif University of Technology's climbing team waved the flags of Iran and Dialogue among Civilizations at the peak of Mount Damavand. The three-day ascent was accomplished without resorting to the en route sheltering camps.
among Civilizations; a new idea for solving world issues”, said I.R.I
Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Nejad-hosseinian, United Nations,
New York, USA, Jan 28
Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations Hadi Nejad-Husseinian underlined the importance of Dialogue among Civilizations as a new idea for the establishment of peace, security and prosperity in the contemporary world.
Nejad-Husseinian made the remark while addressing the inaugural session of the International Conference on “Dialogue among Civilizations and the Role of Family; Common Human Values and International Peace”, which opened Friday morning.
Some 1200 present and former leaders and authorities of 150 world leaders attended the conference in which they underscored the role that Dialogue among Civilizations can play in forging international peace and security.
Stressing the need for further consolidation of the pillars of the family institution as one of the most important common human values, the Iranian envoy said the human family share a unified fate.
He further remarked that qualitative progress and development in various domains of the Dialogue among Civilizations demands pioneering of representatives of the civil society who should make their officials cognizant of the fact that peace, security and prosperity cannot be divided in the contemporary world.
Nejad-Husseinian said that assigning 2001 as the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations and holding various conferences and gatherings in this connection all prove that the proposal initiated by President Mohammad Khatami provided a good opportunity for the application of a new method of reviewing one's individual performance and his mutual affiliation as member of the human community. The two-day conference on Dialogue among Civilizations was organized by the international Inter-Religious and World Peace Federation.
Former Polish president Lech Walesa, President of the Comoros Assoumani Azzali, former U.S. vice-president Dan Quayle and Sun Myung Moon, founder of the World Culture and Sports Festivals were among the participants.
Appreciating President Khatami for his idea of Dialogue among Civilizations, Azzali and Indonesian envoy to the U.N. Makarim Wibisono stressed that in circumstances under which the contemporary world is suffering from genocide and ethnic conflicts, such a proposal can resolve human problems and lead humanity towards mutual understanding.
The next speaker of the conference, Lech Walesa, said in the present era of globalization, competition for the survival of the fittest has overshadowed all human activities.
He stressed that efforts should be made to institutionalize values of the international human community in a way that it would guarantee respect for culture and family.
Also addressing the gathering, Quayle who served as vice-president in the administration of George Bush (senior), said that given the spread of ethnic conflicts, genocide and shattering family bonds in the 20th century, the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations can be a solution for the mankind.
Ridha Bouabid, the observer of the international Francophone Organization, read a message from former U.N. secretary general Butros Ghali in which he said that globalization is not merely an economic phenomenon but also entails manifold political consequences of which some might not be pleasant. Underlining the key role that family and religion play in civilizations, Myung Moon said that civilizations have always experienced ups and downs, adding that demoralization has been one of the main factors behind collapse of civilizations.
He said family has always played the pivotal role in the creation and development of culture and civilization that cannot be transferred to the generations to come in the absence of family.
is the most significant precondition for dialogue”, said President Khatami
at a function held to award the winners of an international caricature contest
on his initiative of Dialogue among Civilizations Tehran, Iran, Jan 28, 2001
Iran's President Mohammad Khatami reiterated on Sunday his previous calls for more freedom in the society, saying freedom is the most significant precondition for dialogue.
"Dialogue is to practice the human factor of common sense in order to achieve perfection, an aim which can materialize under the auspices of freedom only," President Khatami told a function held at Saadabad Cultural Complex to award the winners of the International Dialogue among Civilizations caricature Contest.
He remarked that freedom is emancipation from autocracy, prejudice and other material world bondages blocking the path of common sense. Noting that common sense distinguishes the mankind from other creatures, President Khatami described it as a means of searching for the truth in life and accomplishing the good in deed, adding that it is in words that this human character can materialize.
He further mentioned: "Speech is the manifestation of human mind, and freedom its precondition, and so dialogue can only be realized where people are free to think and speak."
Discussing Dialogue among Civilizations, President Khatami pointed out that civilization is one of the most distinctive aspects of man's creativity of mind and soul, and Dialogue among Civilizations is in fact dialogue about what man has created.
The initiator of the theory of Dialogue among Civilizations held dialogue as more than mere words and referred to all lines of arts as means of its realization.
He said: "Art looks through the labyrinth of life. It is the means of human communication and the image of man's soul. Sometimes ideas can only be conveyed through art, and in this regard caricature is one of those arts that are as stinging and awakening as satire." He emphasized:" I prefer the awakening sting to the lulling caress, and that's what the art of caricature is about."
The president said in conclusion that to begin the year of Dialogue among Civilizations with a caricature contest is a sure sign of dialogue being a serious issue rising from the depths of human interest and propensity. He added: "What begins with the works of artists is bound to succeed."
University's academic delegation at ICDAC, January 18, 2001
Avignon University's academic delegation including Director of the Faculty of science Prof. Philippe Columbe, Director of the Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Lacoumb, and Prof. Zabeti met with ICDAC president Dr. Mohajerani on Jan. 18.
Indicating on how positively the Iranian people have regarded the French Nation in the past decade, Dr. Mohajerani emphasized on the expansion of relationship between the two countries in the areas of culture, science and art. He further introduced the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations as a scientific and research centre that pursuits and supports joint research projects on the subject of Dialogue among Civilizations.
Prof. Columbe then gave a brief introduction to Avignon University and its programs and activities. Voicing his hopes for Iran's continuing attendance at the annual Avignon festival, he called for a seminar attending Iranian thinkers to be held at his home university.
Director of Faculty of science of Avignon University's also expressed his gratification on the signing of student and teacher exchange treaty with Iranian universities, and invited Iran to take part in the worldwide student exchange project of Avignon University.
Minister of Cultural Affaires and Communication met President of ICDAC,
January 18, 2001
In a meeting with ICDAC President Dr. Mohajerani on Jan. 18, Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Dr. Mohamed Achaari proposed a seminar on Dialogue among Civilizations attending European thinkers to be held in Morocco. Iran's ex-Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Dr. Mohajerani stated in response welcomed Moroccan thinkers and scholars to Iran, and emphasized that the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations will invite them to cooperate with their Iranian counterparts on research and scientific projects on the subject of Dialogue among Civilizations.
First World Capital of Dialogue among Civilizations", says UN
Representative, January 14, 2001
UN Representative Dr. Francesco Bastali met with IRI President's Advisor and Head of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations Dr. Seyyed Ataollah Mohajerani on Sunday, January 14.
Dr. Bastali initially gave a brief account of the various UN projects for the year 2001, continuing to discuss the global UN activities pertaining Dialogue among Civilizations and those alike in Iran. Delivering the letter of UN Representative for Dialogue among Civilizations Mr. Pico to Dr. Mohajerani, he called for ever-increasing cooperation between the Centre and the United Nations in this regard, and stated, "The world now follows the issue of Dialogue among Civilizations through UN Representative Mr. Giandomenico Pico, as well as summits and seminars held in different countries of the world, which are all parts of UN activities on the issue." He described the UN Iranian-based activities and cooperation with the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations in Tehran as the internal activities regarding Dialogue among Civilizations.
Explaining the different UN activities aimed to launch an Internet website entitled "Dialogue among Civilizations", Dr. Bastali called for engaging teachers and journalists as the main elements of social communication and information providing in the different classes of societies.
He further referred to the recent proposal of designating Tehran as the world Capital of Dialogue among Civilizations, and maintained that the issue will be further followed by the UN member states.
Appreciating Dr. Bastali's account, Dr. Mohajerani in turn suggested that the title of the World Capital of Dialogue Among Civilizations be given to the world's great centres of civilization on an annual basis. He added that the Centre is completely prepared to take major steps in the year 2001, and stated, "We should plan extensively for the coming year. Among others, artists in areas of music, theatre, painting and cinema can help promote the concept of Dialogue among Civilizations, as figures of cinema industry from different countries will take part in the Dialogue among Civilizations' seminar at this year's Fajr film festival."
Referring to the active presence of Iran and its representative Dr. Zarif at the UN Council of Dialogue among Civilizations, Dr. Mohajerani expressed his hopes that the council's next session would be held in Tehran.
most sophisticated means for dialogue”,
said Iran’s Minister for Culture and Islamic Guidance in a message to the
19th International Fajr Theater Festival, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 21, 2001
Minister for Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed Jamei highlighted theater as the most sophisticated and culture-promoting artistic field in the world and one of the most valuable means for achieving dialogue.
In a message to the 19th International Fajr Theater Festival, Masjed Jamei said that at the beginning of the "Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations", thought, ideology and art should set the stage in this age of the highly expanded global theater. "No doubt," he added, "theater, is the best means for expressing the demands of mankind at the global level."
However, said the Minister, the prestige and dignity of this superb art will only be preserved if its intellectual creators pave the way for appropriate dialogue at a superior level.
“To achieve that role,” it further continued, “it is believed that those involved in the arts and in artistic activities should offer their contributions by striking at ethical, religious and social principles and thus making a strong impact on the development of culture.
He expressed his hope that the 19th International Fajr Theater Festival will be an honorable prelude to the "dialogue among cultures and civilizations".
The motto of this year's celebrations is "Theater, A Pioneering Art For 2001: The Year of Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations."
University delegation met with ICDAC authorities, Tehran, Jan. 10, 2001
Representatives from the University of Potsdam met with the authorities of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations at the Centre's headquarters in Tehran, Jan.10, 2001. The meeting was attended by Dr. Behzad Shahandeh, Dr. Razavian and other directors of scientific groups of the Centre, and Prof. Dr. Dieter Wagner, Dr. Harald Fuhr, Dr. Pietro Morandi and Dr. Paivand Sepehri of the University of Potsdam. ICDAC President Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani joined the meeting midway.
ICDAC's Deputy President of International Affairs Division Dr. Shahandeh opened the meeting by welcoming the guests and giving a brief report of the Centre's background and activities. Dr. Shahandeh stressed on the importance of promoting the principles of Dialogue among Civilizations and building international relationships on the ground of commonalities and respect for contrasts.
Describing the geographical aspects of the city of Potsdam, Vice President of the University of Potsdam Prof. Wagner introduced the five faculties of the University and their respective departments. He referred briefly to the university's research centres such as the Centre for Human Rights and Centre for Justice Research -which are to be merged in the coming year. He also mentioned the Centre for Comparative Studies on Culture, adding that ICDAC could probably open a line of cooperation with this centre. This suggestion was welcomed by Dr. Shahandeh and Dr. Mohajerani, who asked for further and more specific information on the said centre.
Dr. Morandi then gave a survey on Dialogue among Civilization from the social-political outlook, comparing the social-political situations of contemporary world and that of 70s. He explained the economic, social and political aftereffects of globalization, three important ones of which being 1) a more democratic atmosphere, 2) decentralized economic and political issues, and 3) a more powerful market mechanism, which has been the success factor of most advanced countries in the recent years.
Dr. Morandi pressed the fact that positive or negative aftereffects of globalization on a country depend on how the government runs the country. He then proceeded to discuss the three different theories of present on the aftereffects of globalization in the world: Homogenization, according to which the American-led western imperialism will result in the rising of a new kind of global civil society; Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, which predicts that the American-led western imperialism is moving the world toward such a clash; and finally the third theory -with which the speaker is emphatically in agreement- is peaceful coexistence and pacifistic relationship of countries.
Next speaker was Dr. Fuhr, who talked about the process of achieving intercultural relationship and education, focusing on Goethe’s identification with the works of Iranian poet Hafez. He pointed out that cultural relationship can be effective only if achieved on a solid economic, political, social and cultural ground.
Dr. Paivand Sepehri then proceeded to talk about the division of countries on the basis of four culture factors of the society, and the working environment in particular: the existing gap in the power distribution system (employer-employee), the amount of individual and team works, male or female dominated cultures, and the level of Danger Tolerance (the capacity for accepting risks). According to Dr. Sepehri this classification is based on studies and results of questionnaires distributed among 100000 people. Noteworthy is the fact that in all four categories Iran balances in the middle.
The meeting was closed on notes of mutual appreciation, and future cooperation on scientific projects.
Cultural Week in Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 16, 2001
Celebrating the beginning of the Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations and at the threshold of the twenty-second anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Embassy of Iran in Bangkok has arranged for a weeklong celebration, starting on January 16.
The Iranian Embassy's Cultural Attaché in Bangkok, Mohammad-Ali Rabbani, told IRNA in Kuala Lumpur that a conference on Dialogue Among Civilizations, entitled, “A Glance at the Iranian and Islamic Civilizations”, will be held during the first two days of the Iran Week.
A Thai Prince, Mahachakri, will attend the inaugural ceremony of the Cultural Week and a number of Iranian and foreign scholars will present their articles at the conference. Also two musical ensembles, one performing Iranian folklore songs and the other one, an Azari group, will present live Persian music on various occasions during the week.
The side activities of the event include a painting gallery by a contemporary classic style Iranian artist and an artifacts exhibition depicting the works of two famous handicrafts experts. There will also be a picture and poster exhibition of the beautiful nature and historical sites of Iran, exhibiting some of the tourism attractions of the ancient land of Iran.
According to Rabbani, the Iranian Cultural Attaché and the institute for Asia and Oceania Studies, affiliated to Thailand's Serikharin Virut University, will jointly publish two books, entitled “Iran, the Cradle of Civilizations” and “Iran, the Land, the People” during the Cultural Week of Iran.
among Civilizations an effective tool in international politics”, said
Zhang Zhirong, a Beijing University professor, Beijing, China, Jan 10,
Zhang Zhirong, an expert in international relations in Peking (Beijing) University, said that after the fall of the wall that separated capitalism from socialism in the 90's an American professor announced that the era of conflict between civilizations, religions, the Church, and Confucianism, has began.
"British and American scholars believe that western civilization is superior and that there can be no cooperation among the world's civilizations," Said Zhang, in an exclusive interview with IRNA.
Zhang believes that the only way to solve the tension among civilizations is to respond to the proposal of Khatami, that is, to have a Dialogue among Civilizations, which is also the guiding spirit of UN Charter.
He said that differences could exist between two countries like what exists in Beijing-Washington or Tehran-Washington relations.
Iran and China are two of world's ancient civilizations and should cooperate with each other, he added, and this can be done through an exchange of scholars between the two countries’ universities, he further said.
Zhang, a professor in the Department of International Studies of Peking University concluded that if the Khatami proposal is of no use to governments it could at least bring peace to the peoples of the world.
“The idea of Dialogue
among Civilizations has turned into a global concept”, stated
President Mohammad Khatami in his official visit to ICDAC, Tehran,
Jan. 3, 2001.
Addressing a ceremony to introduce Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani as head of International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations, President Khatami said that Dialogue should not be an Iranian monopoly. Rather, he stressed, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the initiator of the idea, should lead the way for other cultures and civilizations to participate by using the ideologies, plans and thoughts of experts, scholars and intellectuals.
Pointing to the bitter experience of mankind in the past century seeing hegemony, force and militarism taking an upper hand and bringing disastrous consequences such as discrimination, oppression and the use of force, he said the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations was a new and promising concept.
The enthusiastic and widespread welcome given to the idea of Dialogue worldwide is indicative of the fact that the contemporary world sees its urgency, President Khatami said.
The president, called for collective effort to prepare the ground for further consolidation of the internationally accepted idea.
In an effort to change the status quo and bring about a more desirable world through Dialogue among Civilizations, ideological principles and approaches should be changed in order to change the human mentality, President Khatami further remarked.
The President cited “Mental Disturbance” as a problem facing Third
He said that under certain circumstances whenever justice, peace, freedom and spiritual values are mentioned, no precise meaning is given.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the President termed “Civilization” as a “human experience” and underscored the need for a critical recognition of civilizations and human experiments.
He pointed to the “superiority complex” of the West and the “inferiority complex” of less developed countries as two factors in the way of constructive and efficient Dialogue, and said Dialogue among Civilizations does not imply imposition.
President Khatami ruled out suggestions that the idea of Dialogue among Civilizations is an excuse for a dialogue of politicians to settle their disputes.
He said the crux of the idea should be gleaned from scholars and researchers rather than politicians, adding that this would prepare the ground for statesmen to take their rightful place according to the needs of the time.
He underlined the need for each individual to develop the proper insight and understanding of himself and of others as basic prerequisites to any Dialogue among Civilizations, and said one of the major objectives of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations is to pave the ground for such development.
Appreciating the unsparing services and efforts of the former head of the centre, Dr. Mohammad Javad Faridzadeh, the President expressed his hope that under Dr. Mohajerani's management the centre would be more active.