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International Conference on Educational System in Majority and Minority Muslim Societies: Strategies and Perspectives - Pattani PDF Print E-mail


23-25 August 2008, College of Islamic Studies, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Educational foundations of the Islamic world play an important role in assuring its continuity and steadfastness in the face of factors maliciously attempting to twist, distort and alienate the principles of Islamic Teachings. It goes without any further emphasis that it is the utmost obligation of the Islamic education foundations to exert all necessary efforts to counter the various assaults and the alien views maliciously introduced into Islam where education, science and culture are concerned.

Therefore we need to emphasize the traits of Islamic culture and education and promote them in the Islamic world and globally. The need is hereby accentuated to coordinate activities of Islamic scientific and educational institutions existing in various countries of the world, with the view of fostering full integration among them and establishing understanding and cooperation among institutions and eminent figures in the field of Islamic and other cultures for the benefit of humanity and world peace.

Facing the challenges of globalization and the knowledge economy, it is obvious that the Muslim world lags far behind the advanced countries in many aspects of formulating dual educational system in majority or minority Muslim societies where colonial secular, educational systems dominate. The best way for Muslims to regain their lost glory is through equipping themselves with the right knowledge, skills and values that would incorporate Islamic as well as other scientific educational systems in the curricula.

In the spirit of revitalizing education in the Muslim World, The Curriculum Reform from Pondok in South Asia (CRP-Project) in Southeast Asia, Southern Thailand Section, International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) Malaysia, Yala Islamic University (YIC) and College of Islamic Studies (CIS), Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Pattani,  will be hosting an international conference on the above theme, scheduled to be held from 23rd until 25th August 2008 in Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Pattani, Thailand.

The objective of the conference is to discuss educational system and curricular provision in both majority and minority Muslim societies. The conference serves the purpose of bringing together academics, scholars and researchers interested in these aspects of Islam, and will equally provide an opportunity to share new findings, approaches and research on dual educational systems. The theme of this conference is “Educational System in the Majority and Minority Muslim Societies: Strategies and Perspectives”


The main objectives of the conference are to:

1. Discuss major intellectual challenges facing Muslim educationists and policy makers in the field of education in the region.

2. Discuss crucial issues pertaining to education system and curricular provisions in the region.

3. Discuss major intellectual challenges facing Muslim educationists and policy makers in the field of education in the region.

4. Sharing of experience and develop scholarship on education in the Muslim world..

5. Establish a global network of collaboration among Muslim educators, policy makers, scholars and administrators.


The conference is expected to bring about the following outcomes:

• Publication of edited books on education in the Muslim world.

• Formulation of acceptable standards of education and training in the Muslim world.

• The establishment of a network among Muslim educators for collaboration in areas related to research and innovation.


23 August 2008 Saturday

8:30 –  9:00 Registration and Arrival of Guests
9:00 –  9:20 Welcoming Speech
  Assoc Prof. Dr. Ismaae Alee
  Director, College of Islamic Studies, PSU, Pattani Campus
9:20 –  09:40 Opening Ceremony
  Dr. Sumate Yamnoun
  Secretary General of the Commission on Higher Education, Thailand
9:40 – 10:30 Keynote Address
  Reforming Islamic Education – Revitalizing the Ummah:
  Challenges to Muslim Educators in Southern Thailand

  Dr Surin Pitsuwan
  Secretary General ASEAN
10:30 – 10:50 Special Remarks
  Dr. Akinori Seki
  President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation Japan
10:50 – 11:10 Refreshment
11:10 – 12:10 Main Paper 1
  Muslim Education and the Contemporary World Order
  Prof. Dr Ibrahim Abu Rabi
12:10 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Main Paper 2
  Continuity and Change in the History of Islamic Sciences
  Prof Dr. Osman Bakar
14:30 – 15:00 Break/ Refreshment
15:00 – 16:30 Panel 1
  Political and Social Impacts on Curricula in the Muslim Societies – Malaysian Experience
  Assoc. Prof Dr Zahiri Awang Mat
  Demolishing Dichotomy on Concept and Implementation of Education in the Islamic Society: Indonesian Case
  Zubaidah Yusuf and Ahmad Suryadi
  Education Making Differences
  Assoc Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kassim
  Moderator: Dr. Shukri Lungputeh
19:15 -  20:00 Dinner hosted by CRP, CIS, IIIT, and YIU
20:00 -  21:00 Dinner Talk  at  CS Hotel


24 August 2008 Sunday

9:00 – 10:00 Main Paper 3
  Science in Islam and the West
  Prof Dr. Cemil Akdogan
10:00 – 10:30 Main Paper 4
  Muslim Responses to Modern Science and Technology
  Prof Dr Khalijah Mohd Saleh
10:30 – 11:00  Refreshment
11:30 – 12:30 Main Papers 5-6
  Education Philosophy, Policies and Program:
  Philosophy, Organization, Curriculum, Structure, and Governance of Education

  Prof Dr Amin Abdullah
  Islamic Education in Eastern Europe
  Professor Dr Bogdan Ataullah Kopanski
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Panel 2
  Dual Educational System (Curricula) in Minority Muslim Societies:
  A Case Study of Southern Thailand
  Dr Ibrahem Narongsakhet
  Islamization of Education in the Philippines
  Alizaman D. Gamon
  The Islamic Educational System in a Minority Context: A Case Study of The Malay Society in South Afrika
  Dr Adama Bamba
  Moderator: Dr. Shukri Lungputeh
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:30 Special Session
  Ke Arah Memperbaiki Sistem Madrasah
  By Ust Uthman ElMuhammady
  Commentators: Prof. Dr. Hassan Madmarn
19:15 -  20:15 Dinner  at  CS Hotel

25 August 2008 Monday

9:00 – 10:00 Panel 3
  Science and Religion in the Islamic Scientific Tradition
  Prof. Dr. Mulyadhi Kartanegara
  Early Religious Sciences as a Foundation of Islamic Science
  Saned Mrahorovic
10:00 – 11:00 Panel 4
  Contemporary Educational Imperatives and the Islamic Educational Paradigm: Observations from Singapore
  Dr Abdul Halim
  Islamic Education System in Ghana
  Dr Sulaiman Doaya
  Historical Development of Muslim Education in Western Nigeria
  Ahmad F. Ogumbada
11:00 – 11:30  Refreshment
11:30 – 12:20 Closing Remarks
  Prof Osman Bakar
  IIIT Representative Malaysia
12:20 – 12:30 Closing Ceremony
  Asst Prof Sompong Thongpong
  Vice President, PSU, Pattani Campus
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch and Departure