Peace-Building Training for Afghan Religious Leaders
(Kuala Lumpur, 22 February - 5 March 2014)
A select group of thirty two Afghan religious leaders, including five women, spent twelve days in Kuala Lumpur participating in an intensive Peace Building training programme hosted and organised by IAIS-Malaysia, in cooperation with the Irish NGO Miller White Training & Consulting (MWTC, Dublin) and Norway’s NCA (Kabul), along with representatives from the Afghan Ministry of Education and the British High Commission. The Afghan Mullahs and civic leaders were chosen by the ‘Ulama Council of Afghanistan, and included distinguished khatibs and imams from leading religious centres, Deputy Head of the Afghan Higher Peace Council, as well as several university professors. During their time at IAIS Malaysia they received daily peace training sessions oriented toward Islamic teachings and practices, forming a mix between conflict resolution conducted by MWTC’s two experienced peace trainers Ian White and Sean McGearty, and sessions facilitated by IAIS Fellows and several noted scholars based in KL. The religious leaders also had opportunities to visit the administrative capital Putra Jaya with its Shari’ah court, the National Mosque, the Islamic Museum, as well as Port Dickson.