Session Eight from the Multiversity International Conference on Decolonising Our Universities held in Penang, Malaysia, 27-29 June 2011 under the auspices of Universiti Sains Malaysia and Citizens International. The conference brought together scholars, activists, students and journalists from Asia, Africa, the Mideast and elsewhere to address the problem of Eurocentrism in the universities of the Global South and to explore alternatives and paths of resistance.
Chaired by Shaikh Abdul Mabud of the Islamic Academy in London, Session Eight features presentations by four main speakers:
Abdolhossein Khosropanah, a teacher and researcher from Iran, introducing 'Social Sciences: An Islamic Model.' This paper is in Farsi with English translation provided by Seyyed Abdolhamid Mirhosseini.
Mohideen Abdul Kader, Director of Citizens International in Malaysia, reflecting on 'Integrating the Sacred into University Education.'
Mohammad Reza Aghaya, Vice President of the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom, Iran, providing a perspective on 'Bringing Art and Science back to Howzeh-ye Elmiye Theological Seminaries.'
Arif Ersoy, Secretary General of the Economic and Social Research Center in Ankara, Turkey, outlining an approach to 'Irfan: Human Development and Education in Islam.'
The presentations are followed by exchanges between the main speakers and conference participants, including Augustine Nwoye of University of Dodoma in Tanzania, Syed Farid Alatas of the National University of Singapore, and Shadrack Gutto of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies in South Africa.
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