Saturday, February 06, 2010
New centre for studying Arabic in Fez
The International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC) opens its doors in September, in a beautiful traditional medina house.Founded by Fatima Sadiqi and her husband, Moha Ennaji, the centre is a private institute accredited by the Moroccan Ministry of Education. It welcomes students from top American and European universities and offers a combination of courses, think tanks and homestays in a unique environment.
The Institute combines quality of courses with the essence of Fez, home to the oldest university in the world. It brings together academics, theologians, policians and social activists to discuss urgent issues of our time. These range from interfaith and inter-cultural topics to conflict resolution, youth concerns, gender, development and human rights, and social justice.
Fatima describes INLAC as a beacon of cross-cultural understanding that fits well with what Fez, an ancestral Islamic city, stands for. By harnessing the insights and wisdom of the great 14th century scholars like Maimonides, Ibn Khaldoun and Aurillac who lived and worked together in Fez, taboos and preconceptions will be broken.