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The 5th Islamic Economic System Conference PDF Print E-mail

Theme: Sustainable Development Through the Islamic Economic System

4 - 5 SEPTEMBER 2013, Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur

INTRODUCTION

Economic growth is vital for Islamic countries in order to ensure stability and sustainable development. The Muslim population is continually increasing; and the number is expected to reach 2.1 billion people by end of 2013. The Islamic economic system will naturally draw its strength from this growing number of Muslim population. Shariah-compliant assets totalled more than USD 1 trillion by the end of 2012, and the potential market is expected to continue its robust growth in 2013. IranSaudi Arabia and Malaysia have the biggest Shariah-compliant assets. These assets include bank deposits and money funds inBaitulmal such as zakatsadaqahwaqf and others. If these assets are used efficiently to generate wealth among Muslims in various sectors of the economy, this will lead to improvement in the socio-economic development in a particular country and the community in general.

The development of Islamic Economy in Malaysia has entered into its third phase. Islamic Bank for instance, with the age of 30th years of operation, the efforts are channelled towards strengthening financial institutions to better serve not only the local but also international markets. Towards this end, innovation, reengineering and research are also strongly being promoted. Apart from this, he role played by finance based Islamic institutions like Baitulmaland Tabung Haji (The Pilgrimage Fund) should not be overlooked. There have been significant improvements in the running of these non-bank institutions (Ijtimaie sector) that have enabled them to be more dynamic and responsive. Their existence also  urges a redeployment of strategies to foster sustainable development for the benefit of maslahah.

The recent financial crisis for example, has inspired us to produce new products, procedures, services and support system according to Shariah but which at the same time are also vibrant and immune to financial crises. Focusing on the banking and finance sectors, a big question is how should they be encouraged to be more competitive and progressive. It is hoped that this will generate prosperity and sustain development as a platform for future financial prospects. Against this backdrop, the 5th Conference on Islamic Economic System (iECONS 2013) seeks to explore, develop and expand on the special theme called “Sustainable Development through the Islamic Economic System”. The conference provides a platform for open dialogues and discussions among academics, researchers, postgraduate students, and practitioners to address current and pertinent issues, prospects, challenges and opportunities in the Islamic economic system. It will be held for two days from September, 4th until 5th 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All experts, scholars and interested parties around the world are cordially invited...more

 
Fourth International Conference on Islam and Higher Education (4rth ICIHE) PDF Print E-mail

Theme: Producing High Quality Muslim University Graduates: Harmonising Employability and Cultural Literacy Needs

Dates: 3 – 4 September 2013

Venue: Holy City of Madinah, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

 

BACKGROUND

In the last few decades of the post-colonial era, the Islamic world finds itself necessary for a variety of reasons to give increasing attention to the growth and development of its higher education sector. Without any doubt, during this short period, the Islamic world as a whole has recorded remarkable growth in its tertiary education institutions, especially universities. In the case of the more economically developed Muslim countries, this rapid growth has generated numerous issues and challenges pertaining to higher education policies, the ownership and funding of universities and university-colleges, their governance, and the quality and employability of their graduates. There is also the issue of “unfair” competition between public and private universities and university-colleges and performance gap between them that generally tends to favor the latter. Many of these issues are long standing awaiting solutions. 

The past three conferences in the ICIHE series have each devoted to one of these contemporary issues in Muslim higher education as a general theme for its deliberation. The First ICIHE (2010) held in Kuala Lumpur addressed the theme “Contemporary Higher Education Needs in Muslim Countries: Defining the Role of Islam in 21st Century Higher Education.” The Second ICIHE (2011) in Kuantan, Malaysia selected the theme “The Empowerment of Muslim Communities in Private Higher Education” for deliberation. The Third ICIHE (2011) also held in Kuantan adopted the theme “The Role of Awqaf in the Development of Islamic Higher Education: The Past, the Present and Future Prospects.” These three ICIHEs have helped to create a better awareness among Muslims in various parts of the Islamic world of the need to understand the nature and scope of the problems the Muslim communities are currently facing in the field of higher education and also resolve them in the light of Islamic social teachings.

The Fourth ICIHE to be held this year (3-4 September 2013) in Medina, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is going to deliberate on the theme “Producing High Quality Muslim University Graduates: Harmonizing Employability and Cultural Literacy Needs.” The choice of this theme is dictated by two major trends in Muslim higher education, namely rising unemployment and the decline of cultural literacy among university graduates. Both trends if left unchecked could have negative implications for the future health of Muslim societies. Paradoxically, the more university education is designed to be specially tailored to meet the needs of the job market the higher the rate of unemployment among graduates becomes. Moreover, this heavily market-oriented university curriculum has undermined the place and role of the humanities and the social sciences, which are traditionally the main intellectual agents of cultural literacy in university education. Without cultural literacy and adequate supply of social scientists imbued with Islamic values, Muslim communities will become vulnerable to the spread of social ills among them. Thus, there is an urgent need to address the issues of employability of graduates and cultural literacy together from a wider societal perspective than currently envisaged...more

 
Welcome to Int. Conf. on Contemporary Scholarship on Islam: The Legacy of Ismail Raji Al Faruqi (ICCSIF) 2013 Conference : 22-23 Oct, 2013 IIUM, Kuala Lumpur PDF Print E-mail

For the Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion, Professor Ismail al-Faruqi is especially meaningful and is highly appreciated. He is the source of her inspiration for her courses in comparative religion. It is to honor and commemorate this great scholar-activist that the Department organizes this seminar. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we invite scholars to examine the intellectual legacy of one of the greatest Muslim scholars of our time, Professor Ismail Raji al-Faruqi.

Al-Faruqi’s works cover a vast area of academic interest. His main concern lies with the development and reform of contemporary thought across civilizations. The paradigm of Tawhid occupied central place in his thought and his monumental work Al Tawhid: Its Implications for Thought and Life is especially well received. As a professor of the study of religions, he discussed Islam and other faiths, particularly, Christianity and Judaism. He provided a new framework to the study of comparative religion and analyzed a wide spectrum of inter-religious issues, including commonalities and differences between them.

The experiences he attained from these places, especially the academic exposures and the social interactions with various people, scholars and the masses alike, stimulated his thoughts and enhanced his vision and mission for the advancement of the Ummah. Clearly, he was convinced of the superiority of Islamic revelation above the tradition of modernism. Consequently, he inspired change through the process of Islamizing knowledge which culminated in the emergence of the movement for Islamization of Knowledge and the reform of Muslim thought.

He studied and taught in western and eastern universities, including in America, Egypt, Canada, Pakistan, and was a visiting scholar to many more, including in Malaysia. He helped founded academic institutions and was especially instrumental in the founding of the International Institute of Islamic Thought [IIIT] of which he was her first president. He also developed the Islamic Studies program of Temple University where he taught as professor until his assassination on May 27, 1986.

Ismail Raji al-Faruqi (January 1, 1921 – May 27, 1986), philosopher, scholar and activist, is widely acknowledged as a person of profound vision and mission, with deep commitment and high integrity. As an authority on Islam and the West, his concern was not only for Islam and Muslims but also for humanity as a whole. Against the dominant tradition of rationalism, empiricism and scientism, he promoted Revealed Knowledge as the basis for thought and along with that, he aspired to revive the dynamism in Muslim scholarship...more

 

 
Summer Students Program - 2013 PDF Print E-mail

May 27 – July 3, 2013

Application Form

Structure and Organization

 

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to announce its Summer Students Program for 2013, which will run for five and a half weeks between Monday, May 27 and Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The program is designed for senior undergraduate and graduate  students who are majoring in the humanities or social science disciplines and who have a particular interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in the core areas of Islamic studies such as Qur’an, Hadith, Fiqh or Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic History and Civilization, Contemporary Islamic Thought and  Muslim World Affairs.  The program also provides in-depth analysis and discussions – in seminar format – on subjects related to contemporary Islamic reform movements, Islamic banking and finance and faith-based entrepreneurship.

During the course of the program, students would complete a total of 200 hours of direct research, instruction and administrative work at IIIT and would receive a certificate of completion from IIIT. Shenandoah University has agreed to offer four credit hours to students who are interested. Those interested in getting credit for the program need to discuss arrangements with their respective institutions and with the Program Director at IIIT. Top performing students may qualify for a one-year, non-resident research fellowship at IIIT that would allow them to continue doing research at IIIT, take online and  other courses and present papers at academic conferences throughout the year.

Accommodation for out-of-area students will be provided by IIIT, if needed. In addition, IIIT will pay each student a scholarship of $1,000 to cover their living and other expenses and to be paid in two installments. Students should have their own health insurance coverage. IIIT does not provide health – or any other form – of insurance to students.
Those interested should fill in the online application form and submit it with their updated C.V and a recent transcript no later than April 30, 2013. Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Director of Summer Students Program
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
500 Grove St., Herndon, VA 20170
Tel 703 471 1133 Ext 101
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For program details and online registration, please check: Structure and OrganizationOnline Registration

 
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