OIC forum delivers lesson in fight against terror

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Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, said that the conference takes place at a time when violent extremism that has plagued the Muslim world is on the rise. (SPA)
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Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, said that the conference takes place at a time when violent extremism that has plagued the Muslim world is on the rise. (SPA)
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Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, said that the conference takes place at a time when violent extremism that has plagued the Muslim world is on the rise. (SPA)
Updated 07 April 2019
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OIC forum delivers lesson in fight against terror

  • Efforts by several nations to counter extremism and terrorism by revamping education will be reviewed at the conference

JEDDAH: Muslim countries’ use of education to combat terror and extremism will be explored in a two-day conference organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The forum will begin on Tuesday under the theme “The Role of Education in Combating Terrorism,” with the OIC represented by the Sawt Al-Hikmah (Voice of Wisdom) Center and Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.
Efforts by several nations to counter extremism and terrorism by revamping education will be reviewed at the conference.
Education specialists and academics will analyze steps to develop teaching systems that encourage a culture of tolerance and coexistence, and discuss the role educational institutions play in promoting ideas based on principles of peace, fellowship, and confronting violence and extremism.
Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the OIC secretary-general, said that the conference takes place at a time when violent extremism that has plagued the Muslim world is on the rise.
He said it was essential to consider the ways in which education systems faced up to this phenomenon, which is “categorically alien to our societies.”
Earlier, the Saudi Cabinet reinforced its determination to confront hate speech, calling on the international community to take a tough stance against those attempting to spread hate, extremism and violence. 


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.