Middle East and Islamic Culture Thematic Week اسبوع الشرق الاوسط والحضارة الاسلامية (Radio Tilos 90.3 FM, 7-14 march 2008.)

On the occasion of the Europen Year of Inter-cultural Dialogue, this is yet another event in the framework of "One World Project" . 

The follwoing pages contain the subjects of this special thematic week.

"Our use of phrase 'The Dark ages' to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe...". Bertrand Russel in ‘History of Western Philosophy,’ London, 1948, p. 419.

1. Religion

a. Discussion with Professor Miklos Maroth (Avicenna Institute) about the concept of the state in Islamic law, and about the values that Islam could contribute to the current world system in light of the achievements of the Islamic civilization.

b. Discussion with Professor Laszlo Tuske (Avicenna Institute) about the fundamentals of the Islamic faith.

c. Discussion with Imam Dr. Saleh Tayseer about the philosophy of Islam in general and Islamic fundamentalism in particular.

d. Discussion with Professor Zoltán Szombathy about the Sufi movement in Islam.

e. Discussion with Professor Balázs Sudár about the Ottoman Empire and its heritage.

2. Culture

a. Interview with Palestinian painter Abed Abdi about his artistic work and about Palestinian art generally.

b. Interview with Teréz Vincze about the modern Iranian film.

c. Interview with Said Tichti about the music of Chalaban and about North African Arab music in general.

d. One Thousand Nights, musical remix and reading of stories in Hungarian.

e. Music shows, presenting classical and modern Arab, Turkish and Persian music throughout the week.

f. Special musical show: Islamic music in India.

3. Society

a. Discussion with Szentágotay Rita Yusra about women in Islam.

b. Interview with Gabor Eisa, a young Hungarian who just returned from the Hajj pilgrimage.

c. Discussion with Miklós Sárközi about Persian culture and life in modern day Iran.

d. Interview with Mrs. Hend Damergi About the role of women in Tunisia since 1986.

e. Interview with the head of the Kurdish Information Office in Hungary about the Kurdish problem.

f. Interview with László Csicsman from Corvinus University about the Middle East today.

g. Interview with Eszter Cseke on her travels in the Middle East.

h. Interview with Mátyás Benyik, head of ATTACK, about his residence in Damascus and Istanbul 

4. Politics

 a. Discussion with Professor N. Erzsebet Rozsa (Hungarian Institute of International Affairs) about the current situation in the Middle East: Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

b. Discussion with film critiques about the appearance of the Iraqi war in the media and on the widescreen.

c. Interview with representative of the ministry of foreign affairs about the relations of Hungary with the Middle East, and about the Turkish issue from the European perspective.

5. Economics

a. Discussion with an expert on the Peak Oil problem.

For complete and up to date schedule of the thematic week, please see: http://www.interkulti.eu/radio All programs will be archived at that location immediately after the shows go on air. The archives can be accessed any time. The website will also contain a host of links to studies and articles related to the subject. 

Tilos Cultural Foundation is the operator of Radio Tilos, the first not for profit community radio station in Hungary.

The Foundation was established in 1991, and it has a board of trustees elected by the members of the radio.Members include about 250 Dj's, reporters, journalists, artists, NGO's, etc. The radio broadcasts on FM 90, but also via streaming or archive on the internet.

Variety, multiculturalism, critique, social commitment and independence are all our slogans.


Tilos Radio is the best-known Hungarian community radio station. Its structure, operation, programming structure, financial model, basic principles and values are unique in Hungary and it plays a key role at the time of Hungary’s EU entry in propagating and popularizing the notion of open society as well as in its everyday practice.

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Note on how the thematic weeks were organized:

1. A team of the One World Project puts together the subjects of the thematic weeks, and then looks for the most prominent experts on the subject.

2. The list of about 25 programs would then go to the editors of Radio Tilos, who would offer these programs to the hosts of talk shows and musical origrams of the Radio.

3. Talk show hosts would select the subjects they want to deal with, if they want to be part of the action at all.

4. The team of the One world Project would then contact the experts, and set the dates for the shows

 5. Preparation of the talk show hosts and the listeners. 



Creative director & Head of project: dr. Amir A. Abdi

Thematic weeks Editor: Kata Tenke

  Thematic weeks coordinator: Orsolya Árvayi


This project was sponsored by the European Union and the Hungarian Ministry of Education & Culture


Published by Interkulti Association for the Promotion of Inter-Cultural Dialogue 2008

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