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Roundtable Discussion on “Extremism, Terrorism and Islam: Toward A Better Understanding Of Issues”

Day/Date/Time :    Thursday, 22 January 2015, 9:30am

RTD 22JAN15[click for more pictures]

 

Summary Report
Although extremism and violence existed throughout history, humanity is becoming more brutal. Extremist acts are committed today by both supranational groups and official governments. Islam traditionally presented as a moderate religion committed to establishing truth and justice. Yet, violence and radicalism are spreading throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Well-being of the Muslim world today is jeopardised by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who has caused many brutalities and transgressions against Islam’s core principles.
 
The IAIS closed-door Roundtable Discussion, “Extremism, Terrorism and Islam: Towards a Better Understanding of Issues” was held 22 January to consider root causes of extremism and pursue feasible solutions. Panellists were Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO, IAIS Malaysia, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World, Prof. Dato’ Paduka Mohamad Abu Bakar, University of Malaya, and Ahmad El-Muhammady, Lecturer, International Islamic University Malaysia.
 
Prof Kamali expounded on the subject from juristic and historical perspectives. He differentiated religious, political and practical types of extremism, and acknowledged that, throughout history, extremism hardly commanded a credible majority among Muslims. Unless root causes of extremism are addressed, radicalism will gather momentum. Extremists triumph because of the weakness of religious moderates who must now combat their common scourge. Chandra Muzaffar, underlined three dimensions of extremism in the Muslim world. Firstly, terrorist and extremist acts done
by Muslims are provoked by injustices committed by the West and their own governments. Secondly, violence in the Muslim world arose from manipulations of Islamic values by international actors; finally, Muslims are exploited in false flag operations.
 
Mohamad Abu Bakar, considered ‘Islamic terrorism’ as a misrepresentation of Islam and its fundamental values. Ahmad El-Muhammady, asserted that terrorism arises from global injustices faced by Muslims. Deprived people may join ISIS because they offer to provide justice. Productive discussions followed among participants including 26 embassy representatives. All agreed that the issue of extremism requires urgent resolution. Peace and stability in the Muslim world requires governments to address their people’s needs and to protect citizen rights.
[prepared by Elmira Akhmetova]

Contact Information:

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(3rd ICIHE)

Theme: The Role of Awqaf in the Development of Islamic Higher Education: the Past, the Present, and Future Prospects

 

Dates: 30th September – 2nd October 2012

Venue: Pahang State Foundation Complex, Kuantan, Malaysia

Co-organizers: IAIS Malaysia, Pahang State Foundation, and IKIP International College

 

Introduction

It is now for the third time in three consecutive years that an international conference on Islam and higher education (ICIHE) has been held in Malaysia.Now that the 3rd ICIHE is currently in progress, we may proudly claim that the idea of having a series of ICIHEs, each dealing with a specific theme pertaining to contemporary Muslim higher education, that will last for years to come has become a reality. This series of ICIHEs owes its origin and development to the close and steady collaboration between IAIS Malaysia, the Pahang State Foundation, and IKIP International College, which have worked hard to make this series a reality. Undoubtedly, however, it is the personal interest and commitment of Dato’ Seri Diraja (Dr) Adnan Yaakob, the Menteri Besar of Pahang, who is also the Chairman, Pahang State Foundation to the development of Muslim higher education among the ummah, and the generosity of the Foundation that have made this series possible,

The theme chosen for the 3rd ICIHE is “The Role of Awqaf (“Endowment”) in the Development of Islamic Higher Education: the Past, the Present, and Future Prospects.” It is a follow-up to the theme of the 2nd ICIHE “The Empowerment of Muslim Communities in Private Higher Education.” Although the issue of the importance of awqaf to Muslim higher education was raised during the 2nd ICIHE, it was not then sufficiently discussed, since it was not the main objective of that conference. Accordingly, in order to do full justice to this very significant subject of Muslim concern, the 3rd ICIHE is to be devoted entirely to discussions of awqaf in its specific relation to the development of Muslim higher education.

The greater part of traditional Muslim education at all levels, including the tertiary, owes its origin, development, and progress to the awqaf institution. The famous Al-Azhar University in Cairo, founded in 970 CE, is an excellent example of an awqaf-funded Muslim higher education institution that was later to serve as a model for many private Western universities. The first degree-granting university in the world, the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco, founded in 245 AH/859 CE by a woman, Fatimah Fihriyyah, was similarly financed by its waqf revenues. In short, awqaf played a central role in the birth of the modern university.

It is extremely important for the contemporary Muslim ummah to revive the best of past Islamic traditions in envisioning and realizing the central role of awqaf in the development of the ummah’s education, particularly at the college and university levels. There is a real need to re-examine the awqaf tradition as a source of societal values and as an institution in the light of contemporary challenges facing the ummah in the field of education. It is with this awareness that the organizers of the 3rd ICIHE consider the choice of the role of awqaf in the development of Islamic higher education as its theme as most appropriate to the ummah’s current societal needs. The main hope is that the conference will help to break new grounds and chart new directions in Muslim thinking and practices on awqaf-based higher education.

 

Objectives of 3rd ICIHE

·To create a better awareness and understanding among Muslims on the general importance of the Islamic institution of awqaf to the development and progress of the ummah in various areas of societal life

·To better understand the various facets of institutional interactions between awqaf and education in Muslim societies, both in the past and in our present times

·To derive useful lessons from past practices of awqaf in higher education in various Muslim communities

·To harness the great potentials of the awqaf institution to serve as assets to Muslim higher education in the 15th century AH/21st century CE

·To formulate an ummatic approach to the development of the awqaf institution in the service of Muslim higher education

·To help strengthen the identity of the Muslim ummah through the empowerment of the awqaf institution

 

Sub-themes of 3rd ICIHE

·The meaning and significance of awqaf as a religious and socio-economic institution in Islam

·The historical development of awqaf in relation to education

·Important lessons to be learnt from past practices of awqaf in Muslim societies

·Case studies and aspiring models of educational institutions founded on awqaf

·Awqaf and contemporary Muslim higher education: problems and challenges

·Transforming major mosques into Muslim institutions of higher learning

·The future role of awqaf in the development of Muslim higher education

 

Tentative Programs

30 September 2012 (Sunday)

·Arrivals of speakers and participants

·Registration of participants

1st October 2012 (Monday)

8.00 am – 9.00 am: Registration of participants and arrival of guests

9.00 am – 10.00 am: Official Opening of 3rd ICIHE

·Welcoming speeches by organizers

·Official opening and keynote address by the Menteri Besar of Pahang and Chairman, Pahang State Foundation, YAB Dato Sri Diraja Adnan Yaakob

10.00 am – 10.30 am: Refreshment

10.30 am – 11.30 am: Session 1

11.30 am – 12.45 pm: Session 2

12.45 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch/Prayer

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm: Session 3

3.30 pm – 5 pm: Session 4

5.00 pm: Refreshment and End of First Day Program

 

2nd October 2012 (Tuesday)

8.30 am – 10.00 am: Session 5

10.00 am – 10.30 am: Refreshment

10.30 am – 11.45 am: Session 6

11.45 am – 1.00 pm: Session 7

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch/Prayer

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm: Session 8

3.15 pm – 4.15 pm: Parallel sessions/Workshops

4.15 pm – 4.30 pm: Reports from parallel sessions/workshops

4.30 pm: Official closing of 3rd ICIHE

5.00 pm: Refreshment and End of 3rd ICIHE

 

Speakers

·Invited speakers (expenses covered by the organizers)

·Accepted paper presenters

 

Participants

·Representatives of institutions and organizations related to the management of awqaf

·Representatives of both public and private education sectors

·Representatives of non-governmental organizations

·Individual participants from Malaysia and foreign countries

 

Conference Secretariat

·IKIP International College, Kuantan, Malaysia

·IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

 

General Information about Conference

·Registration fee: Free participation for the first 250 registered. In addition, participants will enjoy free meals served during the conference

·Accommodation: Organizers do not provide accommodation except for invited speakers, but we can offer advice on various types of accommodation available in the Kuantan area

·Travel expenses: Participants have to pay for their own travel expenses

Contact Information

·International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

Jalan Elmu, Off Jalan Universiti 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +603-7956 9188

Fax: +603-7956 2188 / +603-7956 2966

Email:reply@iais.org.my

 

·IKIP International College, Kampus Taman Gelora

25050 Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia

Tel: +609-567 8999 ext 173 (Mr Mohd Idi Amin Saleh)

Fax: +609-567 7999

Toll Free: 1800 88 999

Email: idi@ikip.edu.my

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