Islamic Philosophers not Invited to Philosophy Congress
Although the 21st World Philosophy Congress inIstanbul witnesses broad participation, many well-known Turkish philosophers are not there. Many philosophers say they did not receive an invitation and heard about the congress via the press, while Philosophy of Islam lecturers were overlooked.
Congress organizer, Prof. Dr. Ioanna Kucuradi, the Chairperson of the Turkey Philosophy Foundation and the International Philosophy Foundation said philosophers whose absence were felt were invited and that they did not discriminate against anyone. But some philosophy lecturers and academics criticized the content of the congress severely.
One of the uninvited, Chairman of Philosophy and Religion Sciences Department at the Theology School of Marmara University Prof. Dr. Bekir Karliga noted the significance of holding an international philosophy congress in a Muslim country.
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Efforts to form true Islamic welfare society continue: Durrani
The NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani said that the efforts for the formation of a true Islamic welfare society based on justice and equality and free from all sorts of exploitation would continue. The collective efforts would result better decision making for the public welfare.
He was addressing the participants of the flag hoisting ceremony to mark the celebrations of Pakistan Independence at Jinnah Park Peshawar. The chief minister said that the people of sub-continent offered tremendous sacrifices to have a chunk of land where they could lead their lives in the light of Islamic teachings and it was the collective decisions of the Muslims of the sub-continent that led to the creation ofPakistan.
Taken From: http://www.pakistanlink.com/headlines/aug03/16/07.htmlMaldives: Government to improve Islamic Studies InstituteThe minaret of the mosque on the island of Male, the principal island in the Maldives
The government of the Maldives is in the process of improving theInstitute ofIslamic Studies which was set up in 1978, so that it becomes a full-fledged college.
The college will then have various specializations, such as the Shari’a, law, Da’awa, Qur’anic and Islamic Studies, and other disciplines that would make it a beacon of knowledge in the area.
The main aim in setting up theInstitute ofIslamic Studies was to spread the Islamic culture and the Arabic language, and to prepare cadres that would act as teachers and Da’awa activists. The Institute has graduated 200 students with secondary education, and has produced 400 imams who had attended a yearlong course, in addition to not less than 700 Qur’an reciters and 12 students who had memorized the entire Holy Qur’an.
The Institute has also produced several other graduates in other fields, such as those holding diplomas in the Shari’a and Law, and trained 95 Qadhis and other judiciary officers. More than 2,500 children have now joined the center and are being taught the Holy Qur’an.
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