Kazakhstan’s way of interreligious and interethnic dialogue sparks interest of int’l community -Moscow round table


Kazakhstan's way of interreligious and interethnic dialogue sparks interest of int'l community -Moscow round tableKazakhstan’s approach to create a model of interfaith and inter-ethnic harmony and supported by the international community will be strengthened with new counter-proposals and ideas.

This was the leitmotif of the discussion in Moscow as part of the “round table” on “Contribution of Kazakhstan and Russia to the inter-religious dialogue.” Their views during the dialogue shared Kazakh and Russian parliamentarians, leaders of the official Russian clergy, scholars, theologians and experts.

Opening the discussion, the Deputy President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexander Sudin highlighted Kazakhstan’s key approaches to security architecture and harmonious co-existence of different religions and cultures. It was noted that the issue of inter-religious and inter-ethnic harmony today was of special interest on the part of many nations and peoples.

“The main imperative of the new era of peace and cooperation are instead of confrontation mutual understanding and trust  instead of tolerance, openness instead of self-isolation”, says the senator. “In Kazakhstan, where there are representatives of more than 130 ethnic groups and 17 religious denominations, that sort of approach is natural. Inter-ethnic and inter-religious tolerance and harmony is axiomatic construction of a stable state and the stability of our country. ”

In turn, the deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Oleg Savchenko is of the opinion that today among policy-forming processes in the country and in the international arena, the question of spirituality comes to the fore. An important role in this respect is played by parliamentary ties that their positive example are demonstrated in Kazakhstan and Russia.

“The presidents of our countries have made significant efforts to address the current challenges in the field of inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue,” he said.

Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the European part of Russia (SAMER) Asadullin Farid noted that the leadership in the face of Mufti Ravil Gainutdin traditionally paid great attention to the Astana Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions.

F.Asadullin drew attention to the need for a proper understanding of common humanistic ideals of traditional religions, particularly Christianity and Islam. It is emphasized that the issue of inter-religious dialogue is at the center of world attention, and this issue requires a special attention.

“Talking about the achievements of the Astana Economic Forum, I would like to draw attention to the nature of the strategic partnership between Russia and Kazakhstan. These principles are now being developed in the Treaty of Eternal Friendship and Cooperation, oriented to in the XXI Century “, said the representative of SAMER.

“Our countries share a common history and culture. Powered by a vast field of joint activities of young people and the intellectual elites who could popularize the ideas articulated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev  is the idea of Eurasianism “, concluded F.Asadullin.

According to the Vice-President of the Congress of Jewish Religious Communities and Organizations of Russia (KEROOR), Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, today the lifestyle of the society to a great extent is affected adversely by the legacy of the 90’s, when the basic ideals were the rapid enrichment and lack of respect for other people’s interests and values.

“Our religious space has been collapsed since 1991, that’s one thing. Of that I am convinced by many interfaith meetings in Kazakhstan. It is now becoming urgent question of how we can pass on to a new generation of the experience, knowledge and culture that developed in the Soviet Union “, he said.

“I think the time has come when our country could establish an international university network of spiritual formation of the CIS to improve the skills of officials and clergy, theologians. Not necessary to visit each other, it can be done virtually. The main thing is to share experience and listen to each other, ” said the rabbi.

According to the professor of the Russian Economic University after Plehanov Shamil Munchiev, Kazakhstan’s formula of inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue is exciting growing interest among the international community.

“If the first Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions was attended by a total of 17 delegates from 14 countries, at the fourth congress in 2012 there were over 80 delegates from more than 40 countries. This suggests that the scale of the activity, which was launched at the beginning of the new century, has acquired a wide range”, said the professor. “It is the fact that such a rapidly developing work in this field in Kazakhstan is the great merit of the President. His point of view that it is necessary to support equally all that is available in different religions, is already a big deal. ”