SOASCIS hosts international conference in November

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THE Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) will be kicking off its annual international conference on November 3, a marquee event gathering several prominent Muslim intellectuals from around the world.

The two-day conference will be held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Tungku campus, and will feature Oxford University’s Tariq Ramadan; the former president of Al-Azhar University, Dr Usama Al-Abd; and Tan Sri Professor Dr Muhammad Kamal Hassan of International Islamic University of Malaysia, as the keynote speakers.

Another 30 speakers are expected to deliver presentations at the conference themed “The Teaching of Islamic Civilisation in Today’s Universities and Colleges: A Review for New Strategic Educational Goals”.

More than 150 people – comprising academics, students, and government officials – are expected to attend the event.

According to UBD, the objective of the conference is to review the current teaching of Islamic civilisation in universities, colleges and schools with respect to its content and teaching methods.

It aims to formulate new goals and strategies in the teaching of Islamic civilisation.

“The conference can provide a platform for scholars, teachers and students of Islamic civilisation to exchange views and experiences on how best to popularise the subject of Islamic civilisation in their respective institutions and communities,” the university said in a statement.

Interested parties can register for the Islamic civilisation conference by emailing or contacting SOASCIS at 2463001 ext 2760.

Registration fees will cover conference materials, including attendance certificates, lunches and refreshments.

More information can also be found at the centre’s official website at

The Brunei Times