(c) Jibreel Delgado 2014
From December 5th to the 6th, 2014, a conference was cosponsored by Abdelmalek Essaadi University, the Graduate School for Teaching in Tetouan, the Moroccan Center for Studies and Educational Research, and the Values and Knowledge Research Group. The title of the conference was The International Symposium on Higher Education and Scientific Research in Islamic Studies: A Forward-Looking Vision in Light of Contemporary Transformations. Scholars from Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, France, Algeria, Tunisia, as well as Morocco, participated in the symposium. The conference consisted of five sessions over the span of two days with discussions regarding developments in Islamic higher education throughout the MENA and South Asia.
Dr. Umar Kasule gave a talk in the opening session of the symposium on the importance of organizing such gatherings where scholars and teachers can share their experiences in the hopes of progress in the field of Islamic education. He also gave a talk, in one of the sessions on international experiences in the formation and research in Islamic Studies, about the experience of the International Islamic University in Malaysia. In the same session, Dr. Toufic Awji, Director of the Center for the Study of Knowledge and Civilization in Lebanon, spoke of the experiences in the formation of the Master’s Program in Contemporary Islamic Thought at the University of Beirut.
Awards were also given out to several leading figures in the field of Islamic education, including Dr. Fathi Malkawi of Jordan. Dr. Malkawi also gave a talk at the first session on general trends and insights in Islamic Studies. The conference closed with a tour of the historic city of Tetouan in northern Morocco.