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EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective

“EU Integration, Faith and Diversity in Scotland: A Shia Muslim Perspective” highlighted the Scottish Shia Muslim communities as social and humanitarian stakeholders, celebrated Scotland’s renowned religious and cultural diversity, and sought to strengthen the societal integration of the Shia Muslims, and wider society, within Scotland, the UK and EU member states.

The Keynote speakers included

  • Nicola Sturgeon MSP, the First Minister of Scotland;
  • Katharina Von Schnurbein, Coordinator for the European Commission;
  • Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi, Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society;
  • RT Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland,
  • and speeches by other distinguished guests.

The event was attended by IMI’s Global President, Dr. Shabih Zaidi and IMI Europe Coordinator, Dr. Mehdi Ali as well as VIPs representing the widest cross-section of Scottish Civic and Religious Society, Churches of all denominations, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith and no-faith communities, consul generals from the diplomatic corps, as well as governmental officials and parliamentarians, deputations from all the Armed Services and the Police, Fire and Health Services, European Commission and EU parliamentary office representation, executives of healthcare charities, commercial and cultural organizations, UN accredited bodies, academics, civic and religious leaders, and representation from the Shia Muslim congregations of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

IMI’s Global President, Dr. Shabih Zaidi and IMI Europe Coordinator, Dr. Ali Mehdi emphasized our commitment to local and global engagement including those expanding interfaith understanding. IMI Europe is also enhancing it’s advocacy arm to ensure more representation at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to complement work out of New York.

Sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, Chief Whip to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, March 2, 2016.