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Rumi Forum Podcast

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate exchange of opinions in order to advance culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace. For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony and community cohesion.

Nov 19, 2012

The Supreme Mufti was born on 15 September 1947, on the Kyibyshev collective farm in the Tiulkubassky District of the Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskaya region. In 1969, he graduated with distinction from the MO Auezov Yuzhno-Kazakhstansky State University. In 1975, Abdsattar Hadji Derbissali underwent postgraduate training at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Upon completion of his postgraduate studies, Derbissali began an internship at the Muhammad V Royal University (Morocco, 1975-1976) and later became a research scientist of the Institute of Literature and Arts of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan (1976-1977). He has worked as a teacher, senior teacher, assistant pro¬fessor, and vice-dean of the philological department at KazGU (1977-1985) as well as founder and supervisor of the chair of Oriental and Arabian philology at KazGU (1984-1997). Derbissali worked as an intern of the Az-Zaitun University (Tunisia, 1985-1986) and con¬ducted doctoral studies at the Institute of the Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1986-1988). In 1988, Derbissali was earned his Doctor of Letters degree and served as professor and fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Higher School of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1996). Since 1990, Derbissali served as vice-President, and later Presi¬dent, of the Association of the Kazakh-Arabian Friendship of the Republic of Kazakhstan.