The Azhar asserted that dialogue with the British institutions and the Anglican Church is continuing regardless of the British government’s honor to Salman Rushdie, author of ‘The Satanic Verses.’
President of the Permanent Committee of the Azhar for Dialogue between the Monotheistic Religions, Shaykh ‘Umar al-Dīb, said that awarding a knighthood to Salman Rushdie is a great insult to Muslims. However, he added, this does not mean that dialogue with the Anglican Church should be halted. He believes the Anglican Church is a religious institution that has nothing to do with the government or politics and that politics will not affect dialogue.
He also said that dialogue is always desired so that Muslim voices reach Queen Elizabeth who persisted on awarding a knighthood to Rushdie despite his insult against Muslims.
al-Dīb indicated that the next dialogue meeting with the British and the Anglican Churches will be held next September at the church’s headquarters in London.