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The Foundation of Al-Babtain and the Dialogue of Civilizations

The Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity has placed the issue of the dialogue among civilizations at the top of its priorities in the recent years, showing interest in all the issues related to Arab culture and civilization. This issue has always been a regular focus of the foundation's sessions and seminars, especially those held in European capitals.

During the ninth session of the foundation, which was held in Cordoba, Spain in 2004 under the auspices of his Majesty King Juan Carlos, The foundation organized a seminar entitled "The Arab Islamic Civilization and the West: from Dispute to Partnership" on the 5th and 6th of October 2004. This seminar discussed the following topics: the other's image; the divine religions; the economic relations, culture and radicalism; culture in relation to globalization; Minorities, identities and assimilation. A number of Arab and Western intellectuals and academic professors participated in the sessions of this seminar.

During the tenth session held in Paris in 2006 under the auspices of his Highness the French former President Jacques Chirac in coordination with the UNESCO, the foundation organized a seminar entitled "Culture and Intercivilizational Dialogue" in which a large number of orientalists, researchers, and Arab and western professors participated by discussing the following topics: multiculturalism in a changing world; dangers and challenges in the Arab and western worlds; The future of Moslems in Europe; the prevailing concepts about the Islamic justice and western democracy; reform, reality and aspirations.

In light of the assessment of the previous two sessions, the foundation held a seminar entitled "Arabs in Western Media" on 4-5 March, 2007 with the participation of experts in the western media. They discussed their experiences with the American, French, British media and the ways to promote the Arab-Western dialogue. The seminar concluded with a series of recommendations, one of which was to hold meetings and seminars with the western media and journalists.

The seminar on the role of media in the dialogue between Arabs and the west

As a result to those recommendations, the foundation has organized the seminar "role of the media in the dialogue between Arabs and the west" with the participation of around 30 journalists and media specialists from United states, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands and Germany, in addition to a number of top journalists and writers from the Arab world.

Why Media and Dialogue Between Civilizations

Dialogue among cultures and civilizations has become a crucial issue that has formed a strong presence in international debates, incidents and phenomena. Hence, it is being engaged in various events and activities.

It is no longer sufficient for this dialogue to be limited to certain forums and seasonal events. Rather, it has become essential to expose this issue to the public as much as possible so that it becomes a common issue among nations. The media here plays a major role and undertakes a critical responsibility in promoting the importance of the dialogue, its necessity, effectiveness and success.

Therefore, the Foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain's Prize for Poetic Creativity has made every single effort to investigate the role of media in the dialogue between civilizations. As the different means of media are the most influential factors on public opinions, they can be the main route towards public awareness on the benefits of such dialogue at all levels.

Why media and the dialogue between Arabs and the west

Recently, especially after September 11th 2001, the relationship between Arabs and the west passed through several clashes. This was accompanied by a lot of cultural, religious, ideological and historical inaccuracies that constitute a threat for more clashes and deepen the gab at all levels.

The relationship between Arabs and the west is currently the main focus of the dialogue. The civilized dialogue among the two cultures can be one way to avert ideological, political, and cultural elements of clash between the Arab and western civilizations.

Here comes the role of media, especially that some of the mass media means had unfortunately played and are still playing a negative role that increases conflicts among civilizations.

The dissemination of facts about each civilization to the western and Arab public opinions would foster understanding and positive debates and contribute to the dismantling of the cultural elements for any current or potential clashes.

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