HBKU’s CIS Lectures: Architecture, Education, and Domestic Worker Dynamics
March 10 @ 8:00 am - March 20 @ 5:00 pm
The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is currently hosting a series of explorative lectures as part of its ongoing outreach program to offer the wider community an opportunity to learn more about the various spheres of Islam and Muslim societies.
10 March 2019: Stars and Symmetry: The Name of the Prophet Muhammad in Architectural Inscriptions
Dr Bernard O’Kane, professor of Islamic art and architecture at the American University in Cairo, delivered a lecture on ‘Stars and Symmetry: The Name of the Prophet Muhammad in Architectural Inscriptions’, during which he took the audience on a journey across Egypt, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and beyond, exploring the various designs, materials, and expressions of Arabic calligraphy inscribing the name of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on 11th to 16th century architecture in the region. Dr O’Kane examined the possibilities behind the popular motif of the rose in relation to the Prophet, and its connection to the calligraphic expressions in the form of five- and six-pointed stars, or the Seal of the Solomon.
Dr Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo
13 March 2019:The Impact of the Curricula of Muslim Scholars on Europe
Forthcoming lectures will include a talk by guest lecturer, Dr Nasser El-Din Saidouni from the Doha Institute of Graduate Studies, who will address ‘The Impact of the Curricula of Muslim Scholars on Europe’. The lecture aims to examine the nature of knowledge and science among Muslims and will investigate areas of interaction between Islamic civilization and Europe.
18 March 2019:Education Leadership: Moving from Research to Action
‘Education Leadership: Moving from Research to Action’ will be the topic explored by Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research and Content Development at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Dr Al-Fadala will elaborate on the local and global understanding of educational leadership with a specific focus on Qatar.
20 March 2019:The Phenomenon of Domestic Servants and their Social and Cultural Effects
From Qatar University, Dr Batul Khalifa, Associate Professor of Mental Health, and Dr Hasan Yashou, Assistant Professor of the Objectives of Shari’a, will address ‘The Phenomenon of Domestic Servants and their Social and Cultural Effects’. The lecture will consider the psychological attitudes of domestic workers when childminding, from a comparative Islamic thought perspective.
Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of CIS at HBKU, said:
All of our lectures aim to cover a broad range of topics and contribute to a deeper understanding of Islam and Muslim societies in all of their aspects. The subjects that are put forward in these lectures provide our students with the opportunity to interact with scholars in the field from Qatar and abroad, and, in turn, provide scholars a platform to share their original works and experience with our students. These interactive forums aim to ignite and present debate within historical and modern-day frameworks, which in turn aid the scholarly work and academic output of CIS.’
To register to attend one or more of the lectures, or for more information, please visit the college’s website.