An international seminar on the Islamic religion opened in Paris on Thursday (4 December).
GV EXTERIOR UNESCO headquarters is Paris.
GV & SV INTERIOR Seated delegates. (2 SHOTS)
GV Islamic priest reciting form koran on rostrum as delegates listen. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Priest continues recitation.
SCU Islamic Conference plaque over rostrum.
GV Dr. A.K. Kinani with Habib Chatti, Secretary General of Islamic Conference Organisation, and UNESCO Director General S.E.M. Mokhtar M'bow.
GV & SV Audience seated. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: An international seminar on the Islamic religion opened in Paris on Thursday (4 December). It is one of many organised by the Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO), that have been taking place in European cities. Their purpose was to re-define Moslem ideology inside the framework of western life.
SYNOPSIS: The Paris two-day seminar was held in conference rooms of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
It was open to Moslems and other faiths. Islam is now the second religion in France, yet there are few outward signs of Moslem religious practice there.
The opening ceremonies began with readings from the Holy koran. For Moscow, the book, is the word of Allah, revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, and preserves the essence of the Divine revelation.
Islam is felt to have been under pressure in Western Europe from economic circumstance and the attractions of western prosperity.
One aim here was two present the true image of Islam to the people of France. The representative of the World Moslem League, Dr. A.K. Kinani, later told the assembled delegates that it was inconceivable that Europe could raman in ignorance about the essence of the religion. The Islamic Council has been concerned that the traditional Moslem way of life can easily be undermined in European countries unless it is scrupulously protected.
Dr. Kinani shard the speakers rostrum with ICO Secretary General Habub Chatti, and UNESCO Director Mokhtar M' bow, of Senegal.
Mr. Chatti, a Tunisian, presented a broad view on the teachings of Islam, and claimed they had been intentionally distorted. He also dealt with the new awakening, and sense of purpose, in the world of Islamic. Moslems make up more than fifty percent of the peoples of northern Africa, the Middle East and eastern Europe, but their numbers are scattered throughout almost every country.