The Islamic Culture Foundation (FUNCI) is a Spanish non-profit, apolitical and non denominational scientific organisation established in 1982 with the aim of tearing down the walls of misunderstanding between the Western world and the Arab and Islamic world. FUNCI specializes in the culture of Al-Andalus, as an important part of this common heritage, a model of intercultural respect, and a suitable tool for promoting understanding. FUNCI maintains a twofold approach in order to both facilitate an intercultural coexistence where differences become an additional value for enabling greater social cohesion, and to promote sustainable actions in 23 Mediterranean countries through the Med-O-Med network.
The Islamic Culture Foundation has promoted education for development and cooperation actions for over thirty years. In order to achieve its goals, FUNCI considers the knowledge of Islamic culture and the preservation of the Al Andalus natural and cultural heritage as the tools leading to the dialogue and coexistence that allows an inclusive and sustainable development.
FUNCI focuses in fostering the respect and the recognition of the Islamic culture, which reflects in a unique historical heritage, by valuing its contribution to the flourishing of a universal culture from a harmonic and sustainable perspective. At the same time, FUNCI reclaims the importance of involving this civilization in the formulation of optimal responses to the challenges that society is posing nowadays. Within a cooperation framework, FUNCI aims at contributing to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean area through three interconnected lines: Culture for development, Education for development, and Cooperation for development.
Among its guiding principles, FUNCI includes the coordination of the actions and objectives necessary to work in a network. Thus, FUNCI aims at promoting creative initiatives and at developing alternative models with a multidisciplinary and integrated approach. Among these initiatives, it is interesting to mention the Med‑O‑Med network, the launching of the Council of Europe Recommendation 1162, the elaboration of the First Manifesto against Islamophobia, and many other actions on intercultural dialogue, Human Rights, governance and the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.
Islamic Culture Foundation
C/ Guzmán el Bueno, 3 - 2º dcha
28015 Madrid Location
Tel/Fax:(+34) 91 543 46 73
The Network of Cultural Landscapes in the Mediterranean and the Middle East is part of a Programme for International Development and Cooperation. By conserving the biodiversity and the natural and cultural heritage, Med-O-Med aims to create links among communities and contribute to the social and economic regeneration of the Region.
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