ISLAM IN A CHANGING WORLD
Academics, politicians, journalists and officials from a wide range of Middle Eastern countries, Europe and the United States met at an exclusive conference entitled ‘Islam in a Changing World: Europe and the Middle East’ in Copenhagen in June 1996, initiated by the Danish Institute of International Affairs (DUPI) and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The conference theme was the compatibility between Islam and universal norms and values, and the perspectives for dialogue and mutual understanding. Special attention was given both to the common features of today’s Islamic groups and to differences between them. Patterns of internal Islamic co-operation and conflict were discussed as were the ways in which political Islam influences the socio-political developments in the Middle East. Finally, the interaction between political Islam and the post-1989 challenges and opportunities of Euro-Mediterranean co-operation was discussed.