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Fourth International Conference on Islam and Higher Education (4th ICIHE)

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In the last few decades of the post-colonial era, the Islamic world finds it pertinent to give increasing attention to the growth and development of its higher education sector. Without any doubt, during this short period, the Islamic world as a whole has recorded remarkable growth in its tertiary education institutions, especially universities. In the case of the more economically developed Muslim countries, this rapid growth has generated numerous issues and challenges pertaining to higher education policies, the ownership and funding of universities and university-colleges, their governance, and the quality and employability of their graduates. There is also the issue of "unfair" competition between public and private universities and university-colleges and performance gap between them that generally tends to favor the latter. Many of these issues are long standing awaiting solutions.

The past three conferences in the ICIHE series have each devoted to one of these contemporary issues in Muslim higher educations as a general theme for its deliberation. Madinah Institute for Leadership & Entrepreneurship (MILE) would host the Fourth ICIHE to be held on 3rd – 4th September, 2013 in Madinah and it would deliberate on the theme 'Producing High Quality Muslim University Graduates: Harmonizing Employability and Cultural Literacy Needs'. The choice of this theme is dictated by two major trends in Muslim higher education, namely rising unemployment and the decline of cultural literacy among university graduates. Both trends if left unchecked could have negative implications for the future health of Muslim societies. Paradoxically, the more university education is designed to be specifically tailored to meet the needs of the job market the higher the rate of unemployment among graduates become. Moreover, this heavily market oriented university curriculum has undermined the place and role of the humanities and the social sciences, which are traditionally the main intellectual agents of cultural literacy in university education. Without cultural literacy and adequate supply of social scientists imbued with Islamic values, Muslim communities will become vulnerable to the spread of social ills among them. Thus, there is an urgent need to address the issues of employability of graduates and cultural literacy together from a wider societal perspective than currently envisaged.


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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



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



·Invited speakers (expenses covered by the organizers)

·Accepted paper presenters



·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



·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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