Updated: 26th May 2014
Fourth SOASCIS International Conference (SICON 4)
Dates: 3rd - 5th November 2014/10-12 Muharram 1435
Venue: Senate Room, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
Theme: The Teaching of Islamic Civilisation in Today’s Universities and Colleges:
A Review for New Strategic Educational Goals
- Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), UBD
- International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Centre for Civilisation Studies, Istanbul Medeniyet University,Turkey
- Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
- ISTAC, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM)
- Faculty of Islamic Civilisation, University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM)
- Oxford University, UK
Islamic civilisation is still a widely taught subject in universities and colleges in the Islamic world despite a decline of intellectual and academic concern with the subject in its higher institutions of higher learning. It is either taught as an independent subject or a complete module or as part of another subject, particularly Islamic history. In some universities and colleges Islamic civilisation is taught as a compulsory subject or module to all students, including non-Muslims, which they must also pass in order to graduate.
Of late, both the usefulness and the effectiveness of university and college courses on Islamic civilisation have been increasingly questioned within the academic community as well as by members of the public, although overall support for such courses is still strong. In the light of this development, it would be a good idea if the teaching of Islamic civilisation in universities and colleges is thoroughly reviewed with respect to its objectives, content or curriculum, and pedagogy or teaching methods with the view of making it more effective and attractive to students.
SOASCIS and its co-organisers share the belief that rightly taught and emphasized the subject of Islamic civilisation can offer many intangible benefits to students regardless of their religion, especially to the enhancement of their creative thinking and intellectual outlook. SOASCIS in particular, which since January 2014 has been entrusted with the task of teaching a one-semester compulsory module to all students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), looks upon this historic task as both a challenge and an opportunity to advance teaching and research in the area of Islamic civilisation in institutions of higher learning.
Objectives of SICON 4
- To review the current teaching of Islamic civilisation in universities, colleges and schools with respect to its content and teaching methods;
- To formulate new goals and strategies in the teaching of Islamic civilisation with the view of making it more effective and beneficial to contemporary Muslim societies;
- To help make the living nature of Islamic civilisation better understood and appreciated and its lasting contributions to human civilisation better known, especially to non-Muslims;
- To provide a platform for scholars, teachers and students of Islamic civilisation to exchange views and experiences on how best to popularise the subject of Islamic civilisation in their respective institutions and communities;
- To help advance the cause of Islamic civilisational review in the 21st century.
A number of distinguished international and national speakers and paper presenters are invited to deliver their presentations on topics that have been respectively specifically assigned to them. Others interested in presenting papers are most welcome to do so, but the topics of their papers should clearly pertain to one of the above objectives of the Conference.
Deadlines for Submission of Abstracts and Final Papers
All abstracts of conference papers and biodata of paper writers in not more than 200 words should be emailed to the SICON Secretariat the latest by 15th September 2014 and full papers by 15th October 2014. Please email abstracts, biodata, and full papers to firstname.lastname@example.org