Prof. Dr. Sayyid Ali Ashraf
Islamic Academy, University of Cambridge: United Kingdom
This paper was prepared in English and included a brief historical sketch of the First International Conference on Islamic Education held in Makkah in the year 1977, a survey of the five international educational conferences, an evaluation of the achievements that succeeded these conferences and a definition of what is to be done now.
The idea of the first Islamic conference on Islamic education held in Makkah in 1977, came as an attempt to examine educational system in Muslim countries and expose its secular facade which is contented with teaching Islamic education as a mere prescribed subject while teaching the other subjects from a secular western- standpoint. which includes concepts that run counter to Islamic assumptions on human nature, knowledge and the universe.
The objectives of the conference included, therefore, a definition of the principles and methods in accordance with the Islamic concept of education, suggestion of ways and means to embody these principles in practical application and formulation of the means necessary to provide mutual understanding and cooperation among Muslim thinkers all over the world.
In other words, the basic objective of the conference was to Islamize education in Muslim countries. In addition to the conference book, six volumes were issued by the conference which included selected research papers within the conference main themes.