Monday, July 18, 2005

Good news!

Arab institute on way
heads Expatica.
The Amsterdam districts of Bos en Lommer, De Baarsjes, Oud-West and Westerpark will work together to establish a new institute for Arab culture.

Authorities will begin work on the centre in the autumn, and next year they will look for a suitable building on the city’s west side, H Luiten, the Bos en Lommer council chair, said on Monday.

The institute for cultural studies will be based on the famed Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

Its foundation is a response to what the district councils consider the ‘regular negative attention given in the Netherlands and Amsterdam to the Islamic religion and community’.

Luiten said the institute will host debates,
exhibitions and educational activities for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

‘There is not yet a place where free debate can take place on Islam and its various streams,’ Luiten said.
And I am willing to bet you anything that free debate on Islam will be the last thing you'll find there. Islam does not allow itself to be questioned. There is only death for those who dare.


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