A conference on the theme “Europe and the Islamic World”, held in Brussels on 14 April 2015 explored difficult issues that have come to the forefront in the public debate in Europe in recent weeks as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen. Participants highlighted the important role that Muslim communities in Europe can play in fostering dialogue and building bridges between EU member states and Muslim countries. Many of those present however expressed concern at increasing incidence of Islamophobia in European societies. The conference debated the virtues of addressing these negative trends through education or through legal means.
The conference was organised by LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) and the Istanbul based Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Co-operation and was held under the auspices of the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations. The UN High Representative for the Dialogue of Civilisations, H.E Nasir Abdulaziz al Nasser was the keynote speaker at the event. A summary of proceedings at the Conference is available here.