| Azaraimy HH |
THE 4th Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies International Conference (SICON) yesterday held its opening ceremony at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Held on November 3-5, this year’s conference is themed “The Teaching of Islamic Civilisation in Today’s Universities and Colleges; A Review for New Strategic Educational Goals”.
The guest of honour was Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz, Acting Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education.
The conference will discuss opportunities and challenges in the teaching of Islamic Civilisation in universities and hopes to formulate new goals and strategies in the teaching of Islamic civilisation with the view of making it more easily understandable and beneficial for contemporary Muslim societies.
The opening of the 4th SICON featured a keynote lecture by a distinguished professor from the International Islamic University of Malaysia, Tan Sri Professor Mohd Kamal Hassan.
Other notable speakers include Professor Dr Tariq Ramadan from the Oxford University in the United Kingdoms, Professor Dr Zaid Ahmad from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Professor Mesut Idris from the International University Sarajevo, Professor Hamza Ates from the Istanbul Medeniyet University in Turkey and Professor Waleed Al-ansary from the Xavier University in the United States.
About 30 international and national speakers will address the conference on its various themes and more than 150 participants comprising scholars, academicians, government officials, members of youth organisations, students and the public are expected to attend the conference.
The 4th SICON also saw a book launching ceremony for the latest publications by Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) scholars.
The organisers hope that SICON can provide a platform for scholars, teachers and students of Islamic civilisation to exchange views and experiences on how best to popularise the subject in their respective institutions and communities.