The Centre of Islamic Studies and Civilisation will continue with the Islamic Studies Research Colloquiums in 2022 via Zoom. We have two upcoming research presentations, followed by discussions after each presentation.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf will present at 12:30 – 13:15 pm (AEDT): The Trajectory of “Islamization of Knowledge” Movement: Its Past and Relevance Today
Omar Mohamed will present at 13:30 – 14:15 pm (AEDT): Political Islam Through Muslim Brotherhood
Zoom link will be provided upon registration.
The first presentation will be delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf on The Trajectory of “Islamization of Knowledge” Movement: Its Past and Relevance Today, from 12:00 – 12:45 pm (AEDT).
The Islamization of Knowledge educational movement was the brainchild of Professor Ismail al Faruqi and his colleagues as a response to address the education crisis facing the Muslim world in the aftermath of colonial impact on the state of knowledge in the Muslim world. It engaged in an intellectual and practical engagement with Modernity at the level of both epistemology and ontology. It offered a workplan for the alleviating educational crisis facing the Muslim Ummah through the revitalization and reconstruction of higher education in Muslim countries through curriculum reform and faculty development. Yet, over the decades the project of Islamization of Knowledge has undergone many changes due to internal and external factors. With the global expansion of the Muslim Ummah this presentation looks at the continued relevance and the need for the expansion of the core element of the Islamization of Knowledge project which is to master the disciplines.
The second presentation will be delivered by Omar Mohamed on Political Islam Through Muslim Brotherhood , from 13:00 – 13:45 pm (AEDT)
Numerous studies have been conducted to investigate modern political Islam and its founders, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood. These studies aim to understand the nature of political Islam, its historic socio-political context, its impact on how Islam is understood by modern Muslims and how it evolves as an ideology. The major test of political Islam is how it manifests when it is in actual political power and what transformative effect time in office has on political Islam’s ideology and viability. Muslim Brotherhood’s brief time in office (June 2012 to July 2013) and the collapse of the Islamist government in Egypt through military coup grasped the attention of sociological, political and religious scholars to investigate the role of political Islam in Egypt and greater Middle East. This research will investigate questions, did Muslim Brotherhood use Islamism and Islamic arguments to raise to power after the Arab Spring revolution of 2011? To what extent did the government utalise the Islamic principles and implement the ideas and socio-political objectives of political Islam? Importantly, did the views of Muslim Brotherhood leaders change after the collapse of the government with respect to the viability of political Islam? The research will interview 20 middle and senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to find answers to these questions. The leaders included in the research would have been politically involved before and during the Morsi government. The research is significant to understand the evolution of political Islam and to see if it is still a potent ideology or it is changing dramatically as a result of experience in power.
About the Authors
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf
Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf is Associate Professor and the Coordinator for the Islamization of Knowledge Programme and also Islam and Buddhism Programme at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC-IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Yusuf is currently non-Resident Research Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Islamic World (CICW), Shenandoah University, Leesburg, USA and former Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, (ACMCU) Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. He is also the former Director of the Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding in the College of Religious Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand. He specializes in the study of Religion with a focus on Muslim-Buddhist relations and dialogue; Islam in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Dr. Yusuf‘s most recent publications are: “Muslims as Thailand’s Largest Religious Minority” in Routledge Handbook of Islam in Southeast Asia edited by Syed Muhammad Khairudin Aljunied (London: Routledge, 2022); “Building Muslim-Buddhist Understanding: The Parallels of Taqwa/Allah Consciousness in the Qur’an and Satipatthana/Mindfulness in Anapanasati Sutta” in Overcoming Orientalism – Essays in Honor of John L. Esposito edited by Tamara Sonn (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021) pp. 173-190; “Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism: Building Islam-Buddhism Understanding” in Pluralism in Islamic Contexts – Ethics, Politics and Modern Challenges edited by Mohammed Hashas, (Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2021) pp. 201-219; Essential Writings Ismail Al Faruqi (Kuala Lumpur: Center for Islam in the Contemporary World at Shenandoah University, USA and Islamic Book Trust, Malaysia, 2021); “A Muslim’s Reflections on Saddharamapundariksutra—The Lotus Sutra” in Buddhist-Christian Studies 40 (2020) pp. 79 –104 (Web of Science (WOS) and Scopus Indexed.
Omar Mohamed obtained a master’s degree in social sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia 2019-2021. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. Omar’s native language is Arabic, and has the ability to communicate in English, French, Thai and Malay. List of publications: ● Socialisation and Recruitment in Islamist Movements: A Comparison between the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda ● Socialization in Extremist Movements: A Case Study of Al-Qaeda ● Media Socialisation-The Influence of Media that led to a Genocide: A Case of Rwanda and Egypt ● The Life of Egyptian Extremists: A Comparison between Mohamed Atta and Shukri Mostafa ● Why Youths Join the Terrorist Movements? ● The Role of Socialisation in Shaping Internal and External Ascendancy of the Islamic Organisations in Iran ● The Life of Egyptian Extremists: A Comparison between Mohamed Atta and Shukri Mostafa ● Egypt Towards an Islamic State