HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), attended the opening ceremony of the Renaissance Questions international conference, hosted by the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), held recently in Education City. The conference marked the 70th anniversary of the publication of the book, The Conditions of the Renaissance, written by revered Algerian author and philosopher Malek Bennabi, whose work has inspired countless leaders and scholars. 

During the three-day event, notable Qatari and international dignitaries, scholars, researchers and thought leaders in the Muslim Ummah engaged in academic dialogue centred on Bennabi’s renaissance project. The Algerian scholar’s works was examined in the context of global laws (Sunan), which he incorporated into his methodology and study of intellectual, cultural, social and civilizational phenomena.

HBKU President Dr Ahmad M Hasnah said the conference presented an opportune time for HBKU and CIS to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the book, which signaled the birth of a great intellectual project. Dr Hasnah delivered the opening address to the conference.

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, HE Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former Prime Minister of Turkey HE Ahmet Davutoğlu, and Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, co-founder of the Ennahdha Party in Tunisia participated in the panel, moderated by CIS Dean, Dr Emad El Din Shahin.

Throughout the conference, attendees examined several themes relating to Bennabi’s work through various papers presented by leading scholars.

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