The International Forum on Daesh held in Bilsan Hall in Amouda, north-east of Syria, continues its activities. The first day has been held in the presence of dozens of academicians, researchers, politicians and professors of international and Arab universities.
The session was moderated by the lecturer at the University of Rojava and the Euphrates Sulaiman Elias as well as the political activist and director of Rudaw Center for Studies Azad Ali, the former US Pentagon official, the Middle East affairs expert, diplomat Michael Robin, writer and political activist Ahmed Derzi Al-Zanati.
The first session elaborated on Daesh ideology and its historical source, and the ideological and political relations that bind the radical fundamentalist groups (the Justice and Development Party, al-Qaeda, Jabhit al-Nusra, and the Muslim Brotherhood).
The political activist and director of Rudaw Center for Studies Azad Ali in his lecture, which was the first in the first session of the forum, pointed to the historical scene that cannot be the objective reader to distinguish between the general features of contemporary Islamic movements and goals, and those movements and attempts that took place in the last century under the titles of reform and the renaissance, not in the sense of communication and temporal interdependence, but in the sense of continuity and the inheritance of goals and principles, and passed through the process of inheritance through different parameters and conditions.
He described at the end of his lecture those Islamic groups that were formed from movements, whether religious or political, as equivalents and symbols of the less organized social associations and organizations such as Sufism and others. "In this sense, the Islamic religion itself is characterized by an advanced level of organization," he said.
At the same session, during a lecture by the former Pentagon official and Middle East expert and diplomat Michael Robin, he pointed out, "the Turkish state played the main role in supporting radical Islamic groups and its role in trying to undermine the security and stability of many regional and international countries, "The Turkish state is trying to play on the first two lines of Islam, the radical one and the democratic one, trying to reach what it wants and what it wants to spread radical Islam among the new generation, and it continues to cover up on those schemes in the name of democracy, and is far from those slogans. "
The third lecture, which was devoted to political activist Ahmad al-Derzi, focused on six basic points about Islamic political movements. He touched on the intellectual foundations of Daesh and other similar Islamic political movements, the culture of violence and its justification in the political Islam movements throughout history, political Islam, and Western intervention and its misuse of the Islamic world, and turning them into political movements aimed at serving their interests in Islamic countries, and the main factors for the emergence of these Islamic political movements.
On the transformation of these extremist groups from generation to generation and to new groups with new names, the expert in political history and researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Jalal al-Zanati in his lecture pointed to the extremism of these groups and away from true Islam. He pointed out that the political support of these groups comes from states "in order to achieve certain goals and plans," he said. "Turkey's AKP seeks through Muslim groups, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, to take over proxy wars in different areas of colonial ambitions, to the Ottoman plans first and partisan second, to try to seize the Islamic caliphate through those groups.
The work of the International Forum continues on the first day, and discussions are currently being held about the presentations lecturers give in the first session.