REFORM Conducts a Book Discussion on: “The Sultan’s Preachers”
Islam and Social Justice
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development conducts a cultural session to discuss the book entitled: “The Sultan’s Preachers” by Dr. Ali al-Wardi, which discusses the history of Islamic thought in light of modern social logic. It also addresses the development of social concepts and political and social conflicts. This session took place in the Palestinian Child Center in Al-Amari Camp, Ramallah with the participation of community activists.
Innovation of Society
Initially, background information was given on the Iraqi author, Dr. Ali al-Wardi. Although his book was composed of 12 chapters, his six most prominent chapters were discussed, including: ‘The role of the preacher in social issues,’ ‘The relationship of the clergyman and authority,’ ‘The role of sedition in dismantling societies,’ ‘How to achieve justice,’ ‘Preaching and its psychological struggle,’ and ‘Preaching and reforming society.’ The participants stressed the importance of building a society based on innovation and social justice, fighting corruption and oppression, promoting concepts of democracy and community peace, and respecting difference of opinions and individuals.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This session comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalised groups in order to formulate public policies that are responsive to youth and women’s needs. The project also aims to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps and to develop the internal procedures and practices of these associations in order to ensure good governance practices. Thus, social and cultural cohesion will be increased amongst the different social components and collective Palestinian identity will be promoted.