Saudi center to prepare encyclopedia entry on Islamic ‘intellectual community’

Participants at the conference in Makkah highlighted the specificity of each school of Islamic thought, but stressed that a unified stance on major issues. (SPA)
Participants at the conference in Makkah highlighted the specificity of each school of Islamic thought, but stressed that a unified stance on major issues. (SPA)
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Updated 30 March 2024
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Saudi center to prepare encyclopedia entry on Islamic ‘intellectual community’

 Saudi center to prepare encyclopedia entry on Islamic ‘intellectual community’
  • Three research bodies have also been assigned roles that will contribute to future conferences aiming to bridge Islamic sects by researching the specifics of each Islamic sect, including their origins and branches

RIYADH: Muslim scholars at the recently held “Building Bridges Between Islamic Schools of Thought and Sects” conference in Makkah have chosen the Saudi Defense Ministry’s Center for Safeguarding Intellect to compile a comprehensive study of “The Islamic Intellectual Community” for an upcoming encyclopedia, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

The decision “reflects the center’s expertise in intellectual matters aligned with the conference’s objectives,” according to the SPA.

Three research bodies have also been assigned roles that will contribute to future conferences aiming to bridge Islamic sects by researching the specifics of each Islamic sect, including their origins and branches.

The Center for Safeguarding Intellect emphasizes “the comprehensiveness, brevity, breadth, and integrity of Islamic discourse,” the SPA stated. “This approach represents an Islamic concept of moderation, embracing diversity and steering clear of exclusionism or factionalism within the sectarian coalition.”

Scholars have endorsed the center’s approach, particularly in refraining from using labels that undermine Islamic cooperation and understanding, something especially pertinent to issues such as extremism.

Participants at the conference in Makkah highlighted the specificity of each school of Islamic thought, but stressed that a unified stance on major issues, such as confronting sectarianism and intellectual extremism, would only be possible by achieving an “Islamic intellectual consensus.”

They added that institutions including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Muslim World League were founded in order to help establish such a consensus.

 


Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders
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Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior announced that visit visa holders are not allowed to enter or stay in Makkah during May 23-June 21 as access to the city will be limited to Hajj visa holders.

The ministry stressed that all types of visit visa are not a permit to perform Hajj, adding that violators will be subject to penalties according to Saudi laws and regulations.


Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death
Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, conveyed the condolences of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to top Iranian officials in Tehran on Wednesday on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions.

Prince Mansour bin Muteb bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to King Salman and Minister of State, and Prince Faisal were received by Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs to Iran President Mohammad Jamshidi and Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

Saudi ambassador to Iran Abdullah Al-Enazi attended the reception.


Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’

Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’

Saudi nature reserve becomes Kingdom’s ‘first major biodiversity site’
  • Accreditation follows evaluation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve by the international organization Key Biodiversity Areas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve has been granted accreditation as “the first major biodiversity site in the Kingdom.”

The organization Key Biodiversity Areas confirmed the accreditation, after an evaluation based on international standards, on its website on Wednesday. It said the reserve meets three global standards, including the presence of endangered species, and so qualifies for inclusion. The announcement coincided with International Day for Biological Diversity, which takes place on May 22 each year.

KBA works to monitor and preserve approved sites of great importance as part of its efforts to sustain biological diversity on a global level, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi reserve is managed by the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Natural Reserve Development Authority with the aim of protecting endangered species, developing natural habitats, raising environmental awareness among the public, and reducing natural and human threats to the area. It is considered the largest nature reserve in the Middle East, covering a total area of 130,700 square kilometers.


Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Arabia participates in UN tourism body meeting

Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb headed the Kingdom’s delegation at the UN World Tourism Organization’s 50th meeting of the regional committee for the Middle East, on Wednesday in Muscat.

During his speech, the Saudi minister stressed the Kingdom’s openness to cooperate with member states to adopt joint regional tourism projects to attract international visitors to the region. 

Al-Khateeb thanked the Omani Minister of Heritage and Tourism Salem Al-Mahrouqi for the hospitality and extended his appreciation to the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and other officials for their efforts to advance the tourism sector globally.


Saudi ginseng reappears in Northern Borders region after 20 years

Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi ginseng reappears in Northern Borders region after 20 years

Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the Northern Borders region.
  • Khonaysser Wadi Al-Anazi, a vegetation cover enthusiast, mentioned that he saw the Saudi ginseng plant on the outskirts of the city of Arar

RIYADH: Saudi ginseng, an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers, has reappeared after a 20-year absence in the deserts of the Northern Border region, Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Nasser Rashid Al-Majlad, president of Amana Environmental Association in the region, said the plant has several names: Al-Abab, Saudi ginseng, or ashwagandha, and has reappeared again in the region after more than 20 years, similar to many other wild plants.

 Al-Majlad pointed out that the region is rich in wild plants with high economic value, as it has a distinctive natural vegetation cover, which can be invested as a natural plant resource to increase biodiversity, combat desertification, expand green areas, and enhance tourism and human development, following the green economy system that balances economic and environmental needs, benefiting humanity and the planet.

Khonaysser Wadi Al-Anazi, a vegetation cover enthusiast, mentioned that he saw the Saudi ginseng plant on the outskirts of the city of Arar. He attributed this to the recent increase in rainfall and expansion of green areas in the region.

He also noted that with the reappearance of the plant, it could be used for various purposes.