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Arts and Culture Featured at US-Islamic World Forum
2012-05-30

Participants in the US-Islamic World Forum on Wednesday highlighted the forces inspiring and shaping cultural development across the Muslim world during the "Arts and Culture" panel, held at the Doha Ritz Carlton Hotel. HE the Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani opened the 9th US-Islamic World Forum on Tuesday in presence of high profile politicians, media figures and decision-makers.
This year’s edition convenes under the title: "New voices, new directions".
The participants in today's first panel included Khaled Abul-Naga, an Egyptian actor and producer, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Saad Mohseni, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MOBY Group from Afghanistan; and Walter Parkes, a film producer and writer from the United States.
The participants discussed several topics including: the role of arts and culture in bridging regional, national, and cultural divisions, how can arts and culture be used to promote social change and government accountability, What is the role of the artist in shaping cultural development and political change in the Muslim world, etc.
Another panel under the title: "Social Change: The Power of Non-State Actors" was held in parallel to discuss the innovative civil and charity initiatives taking place in the Islamic societies in the world, including the major charitable organizations and the independent artists and writers.
The panelists in this session included Zainah Anwar, the Founder of Sister in Islam; Tawakkul Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Rami Nashashibi, the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Iqbal Noor Ali, a senior advisor at Aga Khan Development Network.

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