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5th SOASCIS International Conference (SICON 5)

Lecture Theatre Hall, The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

9 – 11 May 2016

 Theme

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC STUDIES

Possibilities in Light of the Traditional Ideas of Ijtihad, Tajdid, Islah and Bid’ah

     

First Announcement

 

       Co-organizers 

  • International Islamic University Malaysia (Centre for Islamic Economics)
  • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
  • Ebrahim College, London
  • The Islamic Academy, Cambridge, UK

 

1.      Background

The academic field popularly known as Islamic studies is offered in different universities and colleges throughout the world with varying scopes and objectives in mind. Some of these academic institutions offer Islamic studies for both undergraduate and graduate students while the others do either just for undergraduates or graduates. Most graduate programmes in Islamic studies are aimed at producing MAs and PhDs specialising in numerous branches of this fast growing field of studies. Due to a number of factors, particularly academic globalisation, there is a rapid convergence of graduate Islamic studies programmes in Western and Muslim universities in respects of structure, scope and academic evaluation criteria. At the undergraduate level, there is a noticeable difference between Islamic studies courses offered in universities and colleges in Muslim majority countries and those offered in the rest of the world both in the East and in the West. In the former case the main objective is to enable students interested in Islamic studies to earn a Bachelor’s degree majoring in the subject. In the latter case, however, the purpose is to just provide undergraduates with a broader range of courses to choose from in fulfilment of the elective courses or modules requirement.

Another notable difference between undergraduate Islamic studies programmes in Western and Muslim universities and colleges, a difference that is only to be expected given the strong influence of Islam on social policies, concerns the academic status of what is known in the latter institutions as the compulsory modules or courses for all their respective students. In some Muslim countries courses on Islamic civilisation, an important component of modern Islamic studies, are made mandatory to all students in public universities and colleges. This academic policy, which in some countries such as Malaysia has been enforced for years, has invited negative reactions from certain quarters. An important issue raised by critics concerning the compulsory teaching of Islamic civilisation in universities pertains to the effectiveness of the course as measured by the extent of realisation of its stated objectives and goals. In light of the ongoing criticism levelled against the policy SOASCIS chose the teaching of Islamic civilisation in universities as the main theme of SICON 4 that was held in November 2014.

Keeping track of the development of Islamic studies globally during the last few decades we have no doubt that in quantitative terms academic programmes in tertiary educational institutions dealing with one or more aspects of Islam and its culture and civilisation have seen a tremendous increase. However, with this increase in number competition for funding becomes stiffer. This competition is made more challenging as it is inescapably linked to competition for academic ranking. As a result, government-funded Islamic studies programmes have come under closer scrutiny to improve on their respective key performance indicators (KPI).

For various reasons Islamic studies programmes are under increasing pressure to remain relevant and competitive. Yet, some of these programmes continue to remain indifferent to the challenges now facing all academic courses in universities and challenges. In light of present and possible future challenges to Islamic studies SOASCIS proposes for its SICON 5 to deal with the theme of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Contemporary Islamic Studies: Possibilities in Light of the Traditional Ideas of Ijtihad, Tajdid, Islah and Bid’ah. SICON 5 would therefore be a very helpful academic and scholarly event to academic leaders of both traditional and Islamic studies programmes who are in search of new ideas and insights on how to renew, change or transform them to meet the needs of contemporary society. 

 

2.      Objectives of SICON 5

  • To explain the meanings and necessity of innovation and entrepreneurship as these ideas are applied to the field of Islamic studies
  • To provide a theoretical discussion of the ideas of ijtihad, tajdid, islah, and bid’ah with the view of examining the relevance of each of them to the pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship in Islamic studies at the levels of both ideas and practices
  • To discuss opportunities of empowerment of Islamic studies that may open up from the application of the four fundamental ideas under discussion to the state of contemporary Islamic studies
  • To discuss the different kinds of challenges that may have to be faced in pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship in Islamic studies

 

3.      Sub-themes

  • Concepts of ijtihad, tajdid, islah and bid’ah as generating ideas and motivating factors for the progress of Islamic studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of Islamic studies
  • Empowerment of Islamic studies: opportunities and challenges

 

4.     Speakers

List of Speakers (confirmed)

  • Prof Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Kamal Hassan, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Prof Mohd Aslam Mohd Haneef, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Prof Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, SOASCIS, UBD
  • Prof Muzaffer Seker, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
  • Prof Bilal Kuspinar, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey
  • Prof Omar Kasule, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr Muhammad Mansur ASli, Ebrahim College, London, & Cardiff University
  • Sheikh Shams A. Muhammad, Ebrahim College, London
  • Pg Dr Norhazlin binti Pg Hj Muhammad, SOASCIS, UBD
  • Dr Mohamad Azmi bin Hj Mohamad, SOASCIS, UBD
  • Adna Shatriremie bin Hj A. Abd Rahman, UBDSBE & Entrepreneurship Village, UBD

List of Speakers (yet to confirm)

  • Prof Malik Badri, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

 

5.      Dates and Venue

SICON 5 will last for two and a half days beginning from the morning of 9th May (Monday) to the noon of 11th May, 2016 (Wednesday). Foreign speakers and participants are expected to arrive in Brunei Darussalam on 8th May (Sunday).

SICON 5 is scheduled to be held at the Lecture Theatre Hall, The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

 

Our SICON 5 brochure and registration form are available here.

 

 6.      Registration Fees 

Participants from Brunei Darussalam

  • Students: BND 100
  • Non-students: BND 300
  • Institution/Organization (for a group of three persons) : BND 650

Participants from Outside Brunei Darussalam

  • Students:  USD 100
  • Non-students: USD 250
  • Institution/Organization (for a group of three persons): USD 550

 

7.      Tentative Programmes

First Day:

8.00 am – 9.00 am: Registration

9.00 am – 10.00 am: Opening Session

10.00 am – 11.15 am: Session 1 (Speaker 1)

11.15 am – 12.30 am: Session 2 (Speaker 2)

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch/Prayer

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm: Session 3 (Speaker 3)

3.15 pm – 4.30 pm: Session 4 (Speaker 4)

4.30 pm: Refreshment

 

Second Day

9.00 am – 10.15 am: Session 5 (Speaker 5)

10.15 am – 10.45 am: Refreshment

10.45 am – 12.00 noon: Session 6 (Speaker 6)

12.00 noon – 12.30 pm: Briefing on SOASCIS Academic Network

Group Photo of Speakers

12.30 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch/Prayer

2.00 pm – 3.15 pm: Session 7 (Speaker 7)

3.15 pm – 4.30 pm: Session 8 (Speaker 8)

 

Third Day

9.00 am – 10.15 am: Session 9 (Speaker 9)

10.15 am – 10.45 am: Refreshment

10.45 am – 12.00 noon: Session 10 (Speaker 10)

12.00 noon – 12.30 pm: All speakers in Special Discussion with participants

Topic: SICON 5 and Future Epistemological Issues for Islamic Studies

 

8. Enquiries about accommodation, visas and others matters.

For further information about hotel and hostel accommodation, visa requirements for non-Bruneians, please access SOASCIS website or contact SICON Secretariat (sicon.soascis@ubd.edu.bn)

 

 

 

 

 

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