The Islamic Culture Foundation strives to facilitate Euro-Islamic dialogue and works towards finding far-reaching solutions to potential problems of inter-cultural communication which affect our modern societies through research and dissemination of rigorous information about the Islamic world and its historical and cultural links with Europe, in an attempt to increase mutual respect and contribute to eradicate racist and xenophobic attitudes.
In addition to this, the Foundation also aspires to revitalise European historic memory, recognising and celebrating in their proper context early core contributions by the Islamic civilisation to our common European cultural heritage.
Many centuries ago, the essence of Hispanic-Muslim knowledge radiated from medieval Spain towards the rest of Europe, spreading an intense exchange of ideas and technologies. Crucially, al-Andalus was the political and cultural space where the longest and most fruitful encounter in history between East and West blossomed, and thus it remains an essential humanist priority to make available to the general public this rich and complex tradition.
Consequently, as well as continuing research on the traditional subjects of art, philosophy, science and literature, the Foundation is deeply interested in the daily life of the Islamic world as manifested in its popular customs, gastronomy, music, crafts and lifestyles (a still somewhat marginalised perspective within the field of historical research, but nonetheless essential to achieve an all-inclusive, in-depth understanding of the true collective ‚Äúspirit‚ÄĚ of a community).
The Islamic Culture Foundation has also recently initiated a new line of work, actively participating in cooperative projects with local agencies and authorities to aid development and exchange between Muslim and Western countries.
In addition to its numerous activities, the Islamic Culture Foundation currently manages many ongoing cultural projects.
Its line of future work consists mainly of investigating and divulging different aspects of past Islamic civilisations, as it has been doing regularly to date, in a variety of formats, such as exhibitions, lectures, day courses and other similar events, as well as continuing publication of research articles in specialised academic journals and educational pieces in general interest magazines and other mainstream media.
It also pledges to continue organising activities that may help eradicate racism, cultural xenophobia and other widespread unjustified prejudices.
Amongst other measures, the Foundation has already outlined plans to increase in the near future the number of free educational courses available to teachers and volunteers, as attendance figures are constantly on the up and demand remains high; likewise, most projects of a pedagogic or didactic nature (special touring exhibitions, mainly) are so well received across all Spanish regions that pressing need has arisen to clone some of them so that duplicates can be displayed simultaneously at different locations.
In tune with its renewed commitment to aid developing communities, the Foundation is also devising various cooperative schemes to help underprivileged Muslim countries, and considers every possible form of partnership with other non-profit, non-partisan organisations to implement in the future other such initiatives to incentive development and bridge the gap of poverty and prejudice between East and West.
As a complement to the exhibitions, the Foundation is also preparing the publication of didactic and interactive videos and DVDs to turn children’s learning processes into a playful and pleasant experience, away from the arid rigidity of conventional academia.
The Islamic Culture Foundation has also identified as one of its most urgent and immediate goals to encourage the active involvement in its activities of different groups of people from a variety of cultural and scientific backgrounds, as well as from the non-profit arena, to stimulate in novel ways its line of interdisciplinary work. The Foundation, therefore, highly appreciates the participation of associations and individual who contribute their work altruistically, as well as the donations by diverse designers of original artworks which offer novel and attractive visual approaches to Islamic culture and its received aesthetic traditions, prompting an ongoing dialogue of diverging views and artistic interpretations.
An example of this are the brand new corporate identity, logo, and websites created by the prestigious Spanish designer Miguel Ripoll for the Foundation, which combine the most traditional elements of Islamic visual arts with a decidedly contemporary sensibility.
The Foundation also recognises the cooperation of journalists, photographers and other media professionals, who, by informing about our activities, effectively help to transmit an objective and balanced view of Islamic civilisation and its true core values.