Qatar Foundation member Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Islamic Studies (CIS) recently co-led the Second International Conference on the Muslim Ummah, with leading academics and scholars in their field convening in Istanbul, Turkey, to deliberate, present, and discuss issues of wide-ranging importance and applicability.
The conference was organized by the Center of Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) in cooperation with CIS and the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Held under the theme of
‘Fault Lines and Perils Facing Muslim Societies: The Challenges of Sectarianism, Secularism, Nationalism, and Colonialism, the conference debated some of the most significant issues impeding the development and progress of Muslim societies today, and explored appropriate responses to these challenges.
Commenting on the conference’s outcomes, Dr. Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of CIS, said: “We value our partnership with IZU, one of the premier centers of Islamic academia, and are proud of our successful collaborations within just one year of our joint efforts.
“This cooperation will continue to build vital opportunities for academic enrichment, synergetic scholarship, and thought leadership advancement across our specializations in contemporary and applied Islamic Studies.”
Dr. Louay Safi, Professor of Public Policy at CIS, represented the college in the conference’s opening remarks, saying: “The conference examined current challenges confronting Muslim societies, and provided a platform to share ideas on possible approaches to address them.”
The Muslim Ummah Conference is one of the several outcomes of the four-year Memorandum of Understanding signed between HBKU-CIS and IZU last year. The partnership aims to facilitate graduate-level education, exchange students and faculties, conduct collaborative research projects, and jointly organize research symposia and conferences.
As one of HBKU’s five colleges, CIS is dedicated to the promotion of scholarly discourse and thought-provoking debate. The college facilitates the engagement of globally-recognized experts and institutions, and strives to address issues facing contemporary Muslim societies worldwide by equipping its students through its applied Islamic programs and innovative teaching platforms, and providing its scholars with a rich research ecosystem.
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