Egypt's embassy in Serbia celebrates Cairo's contribution to Islamic Culture in Belgrade

Ahram Online , Sunday 16 Jan 2022

The event – Cairo's Contribution to the Enrichment of Islamic Culture: Architecture, Calligraphy, and Antiquities – included an exhibition of photographs illustrating the architecture of mosques, Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, and documentaries about the Museum of Islamic Art.

Mufti of Belgrade Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, his wife, Ambassador Amr Aljowaily and his wife

Egypt’s embassy in Belgrade organised the event on Saturday, which was hosted by the Islamic Community of Serbia.


In his opening speech, Egyptian Ambassador to Serbia Amr Aljowaily highlighted Egypt's contribution to the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which hosted its general conference in Cairo in December 2021.

During the conference, ISESCO named Cairo the capital of Islamic culture for 2022.

The ambassador also touted Egypt’s contribution to the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO), which declared Luxor the capital of Arab culture for 2017.

Aljowaily said that the celebration included an exhibition of three collections composed of 60 photographs offered by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture illustrating the masterpieces of mosque architecture, Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art, in addition to documentaries about the Museum of Islamic Art in Old Cairo.


Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the mufti of Belgrade, gave a speech praising the leading cultural role of Egypt in the Arab and Islamic world, and welcoming the opportunity to host this first event of its kind in the Bajrakli Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Serbia.

He also confirmed continued cooperation with the embassy, which includes receiving Quran reciters from Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ambassador Aljowaily also referred to the ongoing coordination in his speech, referencing the sending of professors from Al-Azhar University specialized in Arabic language and Islamic jurisprudence, and the extending of university scholarships.

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