Calicut: The first two day international conference on “Islam and Muslim world” held at Jamia Markaz comes to an end by exploring an alternative to the extremist discourses on Islam from a moderate position. The conference conducted in collaboration with the centre for research and dialogue, Italy and the national Universtity of Malasia. The conference also witnessed the inauguration of the Malaibar institute, a new venture by Jamia Markaz to engage in academic research from an Islamic perspective with international collaborations. The conference was attended by participants from different states of India and abroad as well. The specific theme of the conference was “Islam and open Civilisation- art, science and literature in contemporary Muslim world”.
“The research on Islam has paramount importance now days given the increasing role of religion in the every aspects of the life. It is a Western concept to view religion as merely a private or personal affair. Instead, as far as Islam is concerned, it influences and inspires all aspects of a believer’s life. Given this, the boundaries of research on Islam is wide” said Prof. Yusof Othman, director, national University of Malaysia.
“The interdisciplinary research and education was an essential part of traditional Islamic education. In states like Kerala, through Mosque based education system, traditional Islamic scholars or Ulema engaged in the research and teaching of subjects such as astronomy, mathematics and literature, along with the rigorous studies based around Islamic epistemology. The drawing of a distinction between Islamic education and material education is a new trend, especially a post- independent trend in India. The traditional mosque based Islamic education system is a best example of Islamic and material subjects can be blended together and can contribute to each other. The initiatives like Malaibar research institute draws inspiration from our great past, where the Islamic epistemology engaged in a direct conversation with the secular disciplines’” said Dr.MAH Azhari, Director, Markaz knowledge city.
The conference had different panels on themes such as “religion and reason”, “justice and human rights in post-secular world”, “universality of Islamic laws”, and “Islam’s contribution to the modern civilization”. The conference was also attended by Faizal Mohammed, Exetor University, UK, Dr. Hussain Randathani and Dato Zakaria.