The Muslim Council of Elders has concluded its stellar participation at the Cairo International Book Fair 2023, which included exhibiting various publications and hosting a number of seminars and lectures featuring prominent scholars and researchers for visitors. The fair ran from the 25th of January until the 6th of February and was held at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in the 5th Settlement.
A number of prominent scholars from Al-Azhar as well as intellectual and academic personalities, university professors, and members from the Emerging Peacemakers Forum, took part in the 12 seminars that the Council's stand hosted. Most prominent among these were; ‘Academic Integration in Islamic Society’, ‘Sunnah in Islamic Legislation’, ‘Renewal of Religious Discourse’, ‘Atheism and its Dangers to Society’, ‘Islamic Heritage: Methods of Reading and Understanding’, ‘A step towards promoting Human Fraternity’ as well as a number of workshops by the Emerging Peacemakers Forum.
The Muslim Council of Elders stand at the Cairo International Book Fair also unveiled a number of new books as part of the council's ongoing performance of its civilized and cultural mission. These works addressed monotheism, belief, logic, and contemporary thought as well as religious tolerance in various world religions and the struggle against Islamophobia. Most prominent of these being; ‘From my Old Notebooks’ by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, ’Basis of Understanding from Thought and Language’ by His Eminence Dr. Mustapha Benhamza, member of the Higher Scientific Council of Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders, ‘Sunnah and its role in proving legal rulings’ by Mohammed Saad Jalal, ‘Studies of Similarities in the Stories of the Holy Qur'an: Comparison and Analysis’ by Abdul-Ghani Awad Al-Rajhi and ‘Lectures on Monotheism, Creed and Modern Thought’ by Muhammad Shams al-Din Ibrahim as well as ‘Facilitating Logical Rules Explanation of Al-Risalah Al-Shamsiyyah’ by Muhammad Shams Al-Din Ibrahim and finally ‘Hadith Logic’ written by: Ali Muhammad Jabr.
Likewise, the Council exhibited a number of translated publications such as ‘Religious Tolerance in World Religions’ by Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton along ‘Countering Islamophobia in Europe’ by Ian Law, Amina Easat-Daas, Arzu Merali and S. Sayyid.
Likewise, many visitors to the fair engaged with the program undertaken by the Council by exploring various publications, particularly those made available for the first time while expressing their great joy at the esteemed presence of the Muslim Council of Elders at the Cairo International Book Fair 2023.
Also, The Council’s stand organized a number of events celebrating the International Day of Human Fraternity (4 February) which coincided with the anniversary of the 2019 signing of the Document on Human Fraternity by His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders alongside His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church in Abu Dhabi. These included a number of workshops, talks and competitions with participation by the general public and students from Al-Azhar and the Emerging Peacemakers Forum.