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October 9, 2017

HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies in Istanbul Pact

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Islamic Studies (CIS) signed an agreement with Istanbul Sabahttin Zaim University (IZU) at the IZU International Conference on the Muslim Ummah in Istanbul, on October 8.
Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, HBKU’s president, and Dr. Mehmet Bulut, IZU’s president, signed the agreement, which establishes a four-year partnership between the universities, and will facilitate cooperation on graduate-level education, with an emphasis on the Master’s in International Finance and Participation Banking and Master’s in Islamic Economics and Law programs, as well as PhD programs in Islamic Economics and International Finance and Islamic Economics and Law. In attendance was Dr. Emad El Din Shahin, dean of HBKU’s CIS, along with senior delegates from both institutions.

The agreement will also enable the exchange of students – particularly those specializing in the Islamic sciences and Islamic economics and finance programs – as well as academic information and materials between the universities. Visiting students will also benefit from Turkish and Arabic-language training during their academic travels.

As part of the University’s mission to inspire transformative change, HBKU strives to create an enriching academic experience and an innovative research ecosystem for its community. Through this agreement, both parties will focus on undertaking collaborative research projects, with emphasis on the Ottoman-Europe Cash Wagfs Project. HBKU and IZU will also facilitate visiting researchers from the two universities in conducting research in the area of Islamic economics and finance.

To further enhance cooperation, HBKU and IZU will jointly organize symposia, seminars, and conferences and provide mutual support by participating in each other’s events where feasible. To round off the agreement, HBKU will also explore collecting published literature and bibliographic data originating from Turkey on Islamic Economics and Finance (IEF) for use in CIS’s IEF Databank project.

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