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Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies was launched in 2014 in response to the unprecedented violence and devastation spreading throughout the Muslim world. The impetus for the initiative was the more dire situation than crises of the past. Conditions have rendered lands unstable and lead to distorted perceptions of Islam worldwide – particularly in the West, where prejudice and acts of violence against Muslims are increasing as a result of an escalation in Islamophobia.
The theme of the 2019 Assembly was “The Role of Religions in Promoting Tolerance: From Possibility to Necessity”. Internationally renowned Islamic scholars, experts and leaders from other faiths, civic representatives and policymakers, examined, debated and discussed how to heal division, spread peace and promote tolerance, launching together the "Charter of the New Alliance of Virtue".
The charter aims to elevate religious freedom, cooperation, and tolerance from mere possibilities to necessary ethical commitments and legal obligations, especially in relation to the protection of places of worship whose attacks have threatened freedom of religion in many parts of the world.