The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continues to engage in global academic conversations on issues and concepts pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies.

Throughout the month of December, the college actively participated in conferences held in England, Germany and Spain, where faculty members delivered presentations or presented papers, offering their perspectives on Islamic thought and current developments in the Islamic world.

CIS Professor Dr Rajai Ray Jureidini and Senior Researcher Dr Hossam Mohammed, presented their paper on Ummah and the Nation State: Dilemmas in Refuge Ethics during the Fourth International Conference on Migrants and Refugees in the Law, hosted recently by the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia at the Monastery of Los Jerónimos in Murcia, Spain. The paper analyses Islamic ethics and principles on the treatment of ‘foreigners’, ‘guests’, and ‘asylum-seekers,’ and uses Syrian refugees as case study to analyse historical policies and practices of Muslim-majority countries in relation to visas and border controls.

CIS Dean Dr Emad El Din Shahin, said they continually pursue international collaborations which present an opportunity to engage the global community in dialogue and knowledge exchange on a range of topics that encompass Islamic thought.

Our recent participation in numerous international conferences saw faculty members imparting their knowledge on various subjects addressing current and emerging trends in Islamic studies and affairs.’

CIS also participated in a conference entitled Hadith and Inner-Islamic Pluralism held at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen in Germany earlier this month. CIS Assistant Professor Dr Muetaz Al Khatib explored the topic of Hadith and Plurality of Methodologies where he analysed the theory and practice of hadith criticism (ta‘lil) among hadith critics and jurists across various legal schools.

Assistant Professor Dr Alexandre Caeiro and Youssof Salhein, recent graduate of the CIS Master in Islamic Studies programme, also took part in a panel discussion during the Future of Salafism Conference at Oxford University. Their paper, Moderate Salafism in a Modernising State: The Hermeneutical Approaches of Islamweb’s Cyber-Muftis, examined how cyber-muftis at Islamweb apply the concept of moderation (wasatiyya) as a political virtue and a methodological tool in their fatwas.

CIS serves as a hub for contemporary Islamic studies that promotes dialogue on ideas concerning Islam. The college offers five postgraduate degree programmes, and houses several distinguished research centres, providing students and researchers with the opportunity to engage with scholars and thought leaders from around the world.

Image cover: Dr Rajai Ray Jureidini and Dr Hossam Mohammed at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia in Murcia, Spain.

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