The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Institute of Knowledge Integration (IKI) continue the IIIT lectures series for CIS countries, and on May 10, the participants have listened to the lecture "Halal Market: Features and Challenges", delivered by Victoria Nesterenko, Director of the Certification Center "Halal Global Ukraine", certified expert on halal standardization and certification.

During the lecture, Victoria Nesterenko spoke on what is halal and its interpretations:

• a term indicating the product or service status
• confirmation of compliance with the requirements of Islam
• does not contain components prohibited for consumption by Muslims
• is a high quality, environmentally friendly product.

The lecturer also explained what categories halal refers to in food, medicine, cosmetics, household chemicals, packaging. The food which requires certification includes meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, confectionery, ice cream, honey, plant products, food additives and yeast, and beverages.

Participants had an opportunity to learn what is forbidden to use for halal products manufacturing, what is the difference between certification by different centers and the legal regulation of halal production. In addition, the second part of the lecture included questions and answers, which helped to refute many stereotypes regarding halal food.

In total, more than 30 participants from Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Poland registered for the lecture.

The next lecture "Religiosity and Politics of Crimean Tatars in the Nonviolent Struggle for Civil Self-Preservation" will be given by Ranetta GAFAROVA, Associate Professor, PhD in Philology, Translation Consultant of the Caucasus Universities Association (Turkey, Istanbul), lecturer at Ibrahim Chechen University of Agri (Turkey, Agri). The lecture is timed to the Remembrance Day for the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide, which is commemorated in Ukraine on May 18.