CONFERENCE ALERT: WORLD CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC RESURGENCE

WORLD CONFERENCE ON ISLAMIC RESURGENCE

6-7 SEPTEMBER 2013, SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR, MALAYSIA

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Recent years have seen a surge in people’s uprising particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Yemen including the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa provide the most significant development in the Muslims world. In carrying out an assessment of these phenomenons, undeniably, the main issues involved in these Muslims uprisings are Islamic revivalism or Muslims uprising. In view of this significant development in the Muslims world, an initiative to organize a Conference on Islamic is considered as an essential effort undertaken by ABIM to promote a sense of better understanding about Islam and at the same time to be an ideal platform for exchanging of ideas to identify the best model or appropriate approach. In order to stimulate the discourse on Islamic resurgence, ABIM specifically chooses ‘Islamic Resurgence: Present and Future’ as the conference theme this year.

With the lack of understanding about Islamic resurgence, it is extremely important to study and gain fresh insights into its origin and development, the ideological basis, to examine the model and appropriate approach, to identify issues and challenges, and to map out strategies for future direction. Misconception on the idea of Islamic resurgence is contended to be amongst the main factors of terrorism and extremism as well as inappropriate reaction and response to modernity and post-modernity. As a result, in contradiction with its normative features of religion of peace as embedded in al Quran and al Sunnah, Islam on the other hand has been pictured as a religion of intolerant and violence. This serious misconception hence triggers the need for Muslims community and association to rectify and deconstruct the ‘brand’ of Islamic revivalism. Based on this motivation, the Conference aims to provide an ideal platform for exchange of ideas amongst the scholars, practitioners, individual or institution involved in da’wah movement, academic, students and any other person interested on the topic by promoting the effort and endeavor to rebranding and realigning the concept, ideological basis, model, approach and future direction of Islamic resurgence.

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