4 new books on Islamic Studies to boost local works
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) launched four new publications yesterday at the opening of its annual international conference.
The books, authored primarily by academics at SOASCIS, marks a milestone in Bruneian research and literature, said SOASCIS Deputy Director, Pg Dr Norhazlin Pg Hj Muhammad.
“This is the first time for SOASCIS to launch and publish books that were mostly written by members of the faculty and this is quite significant as it encourages us to contribute more towards Bruneian literature, especially in the fields of Islamic studies,” she told The Brunei Times.
“(The country) has limited resources when it comes to literature (in this field of) study, but there are of course some written by well-known scholars including the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pehin Jamil, and the State Mufti.”
Pg Dr Norhazlin urged more academics to study local sources and compile and publish their research.
“If only the scattered information and resources could be compiled and documented… We can increase literature on Islamic studies… Not only this will be good for the Bruneians, but this will also educate them and give them insight on how religious education in Brunei developed.”
The fourth edition of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies International Conference (SICON 4) also kicked off at Universiti Brunei Darrussalam (UBD) yesterday, focusing on new strategies for teaching of Islamic civilisation.
The three-day event will feature several 30 speakers.
Themed “The teaching of Islamic civilisation in today’s universities and colleges: A review for new strategic educational goals”, the conference aims to make teaching of Islamic civilisation more relevant and beneficial to contemporary Muslim societies.
The Brunei Times