Introduction by Cherif Abderrahman Jah

Introduction by Cherif Abderrahman JahCreation is a source of reflection and knowledge leading to human development, both material and spiritual. The study of creation has always played a key role in the projects of the Islamic Culture Foundation (FUNCI). We are indebted to the men and women who, over the centuries, have studied the secrets of nature and placed them at the service of mankind. In FUNCI’s new programme, “Med-O-Med, cultural landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Middle East”, our aim is to pay tribute to them and restore their legacy, while encouraging the search for knowledge that can benefit us all, with no distinctions and no frontiers.

Nature is fragile. It is our duty to conserve it and pass it on to future generations. This Programme enables us to join forces, showing the same generosity and commitment as the early scholars, to preserve resources and manage them wisely. We aim to weave a network that will facilitate fruitful, disinterested sharing.

Islamic civilisation is particularly sensitive to the harmony of the natural and cultural environment in landscapes, gardens, farms. This has been evident throughout history, with Islam’s creation of beautiful, humanised gardens, and its intense scholarship. At the basis of Islam is respect for cultural diversity and integration of the achievements of others, without prejudice or appropriation.

At FUNCI, we have chosen green spaces as a symbol combining several concepts – a coming-together of cultures, scientific development, spirituality and wellbeing. Cultural landscapes as a synonym of understanding and fellowship. Places in which everyone, without exception, is happy to be. Places that represent the aspiration of all human beings to live in peace amongst themselves and with their environment. Landscapes are the best antidote for conflict and lack of understanding, the best path towards more supportive, balanced societies for the future. As such, they are the backbone of our new Med-O-Med programme.

Cherif Abderrahman Jah

President of the Islamic Culture Foundation

Director of Med-O-Med

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MED-O-MED aspires to making the development of Islamic countries in these regions compatible with the preservation of their environment and heritage. It aims to set up projects involving maximum participation by regional social and public agents, with total respect for genetic sovereignty and the cultural identity of the local populations, all within an inter-cultural and a multi-disciplinary approach.

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