2007 IKIM Conference
|Muslim States Should Create Islamic Peace Organisation|
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) -- Muslim states should create an Islamic Peace Organisation (IPO) to end the violence that plagues too much of the Muslim world, an Iranian academician said Wednesday.
Dr Muhammad Legenhausen, a lecturer of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, said the IPO could be coordinated through the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
"The programmes undertaken by the IPO should include conflict transformation and resolution efforts, conciliation and arbitration, recovery and post-traumatic aid and long-term peace building," he said.
Dr Muhammad made the suggestion in his paper on "Mechanism and Initiatives to Eliminate Extremism, Terrorism, Criminal Violence and War" in the two-day international conference on "The Role of Islamic States in a Globalised World" which ended here Wednesday.
He said Islamic states in this globalised world needed to cooperate to form a civilian peace service comprising Muslim clerics, diplomats and other Muslim men and women trained in conflict transformation.
"The tasks of IPO will involve cooperation with governmental agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local groups focusing on the role that religious leadership, instruction and faith can play to promote Islamic peace development," he said.
He said all activities of the IPO should be undertaken in compliance with the legal rulings governing the project areas and in full cooperation with host governmental agencies.
"I do not mean to suggest that the IPO should approach peace development solely through an intellectual appeal, which would be unrealistic.
"However, if practical means are integrated with approaches toward peace and ideals, understanding may prove to be a key to the achievement of lasting peace," he said.
Dr Muhammad also suggested that the governments and NGOs in Islamic states promote Islamic Peace Studies (IPS) which should involve the study of the causes, remedies and alternatives to violence, incorporating traditional Islamic sciences and modern fields of research.
"Where there is injustice and oppression, the IPS should investigate the means to peace that is achieved with the removal of the injustice and oppression in accordance with Islamic norms," he said.
He added that the Islamic states should employ graduates of university programmes in IPS as diplomats, civil servants, policy researchers and advisors to government agencies and the media.