The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently co-led the Second International Conference on the Muslim Ummah, with leading academics and scholars convening in Istanbul to deliberate, present, and discuss issues of wide-ranging importance and applicability.

The conference was organised by the Centre of Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) in cooperation with CIS and the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

The three-day conference followed the theme, ‘Fault Lines and Perils Facing Muslim Societies: The Challenges of Sectarianism, Secularism, Nationalism, and Colonialism’.

The purpose of the conference centred on debating some of the most significant fault lines impeding the development and progress of Muslim societies today, and the appropriate responses to these challenges. The responses were presented against a backdrop of declining wealth and power, strategic weaknesses, and political disintegration across Muslim-majority countries, posing questions on the challenges that Muslim societies must contend with from a vastly disadvantaged position.

Speaking on the conference outcome, CIS Dean Dr Emad El Din Shahin, said they are proud of their successful collaboration with IZU.

This cooperation will continue to build vital opportunities for academic enrichment, synergetic scholarship, and thought leadership advancement across our specialisations in contemporary and applied Islamic Studies.’

The Muslim Ummah Conference is one of the several outcomes of the four-year Memorandum of Understanding signed between HBKU-CIS and IZU last year. The partnership aims to facilitate graduate-level education, exchange of students and faculties, collaborative research projects, and joint research symposia and conferences.

As one of HBKU’s fast-evolving colleges, CIS is dedicated to the promotion of scholarly discourse and thought-provoking debate. The college’s unique positioning in the heart of Education City facilitates the engagement of globally recognised experts and institutions. It strives to address issues facing contemporary Muslim societies worldwide by equipping its students through its applied Islamic programmes and innovative teaching platforms, and providing its scholars with a rich research ecosystem.

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