CSIS to launch “Encyclopedia of Occidentalism”
CSIS announced its first-ever “Encyclopedia of Occidentalism” at a press conference held on March 20.
CSIS Dean Dr Yousuf Al-Siddiqi and CSIS Associate Professor of Dawa and Islamic Culture, Academic Director of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Chair in Alliance of Civilizations and Executive Director of Encyclopedia of Occidentalism Dr Azzeddine Mamiche gave details of the encyclopedia, which is the first largest intellectual project in the Arab and Islamic world.
Attendees included officials from QU and CSIS faculty and students, as well as representatives of the local media.
The “Encyclopedia of Occidentalism” aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the west’s culture, ideology, history, religion, and politics. It serves as a research database for experts, faculty and students, and promotes the pivotal role of Qatar in advancing dialogue and alliance among civilizations and in enhancing links between the Arab World and western countries.
The encyclopedia includes research articles of over 1000 experts, researchers and specialists from various academic and research institutions under the umbrella of ISESCO. The articles highlight the cultural, religious, ideological, economic, political, geographical and social aspects of the west.
Commenting on the project, Dr Yousuf Al-Siddiqi said: “The Encyclopedia of Occidentalism is an intellectual initiative that provides a better understanding of the west. It also contributes to advancing the spirit of collaboration among communities from different cultural backgrounds, and to developing more inclusive societies in which diversity is experienced as an asset.”
Dr Al-Siddiqi noted that a specialized committee will select the best research papers and articles that will be presented at a workshop to be held at ISESCO headquarters in Morocco on March 27-28. The selected papers will be published in the “Encyclopedia of Occidentalism”.
Dr Azzeddine Mamiche said: “The encyclopedia highlights the important role of Qatar in promoting the spirit of dialogue and alliance between civilizations at the regional and the international level. This project, which is the first of its kind, reflects Qatar University’s commitment to advance a culture of dialogue in Qatar and the Islamic and Arab world. It will deliver tangible benefits to research centers, universities and academic institutions.”