Friday, August 14, 2009

PMIUM : Forum on ‘Muslim World’s Preparedness in Facing the Challenges of 21st Century



Forum on ‘Muslim world’s preparedness in facing the challenges of 21st Century

Speaker: Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti BA (Queen’s), MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MSIEPM

Host: PMIUM

Date: Monday, August 17, 2009

Time: 9:30pm – 11:30pm

Location:Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About the speaker:

Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti BA (Queen’s), MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MSIEPM – also known as Shaykh Afifi[1][2] – is KFAS Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies,[3] and Islamic Centre Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford,[4] and holds a lectureship in World Religions at Worcester College. He is the first ever Malay to be appointed to such a position in this world famous University.[5]

Dr al-Akiti completed his DPhil in Medieval Arabic Philosophy from Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar in 2008. His thesis identifies and systematically considers for the first time a group of philosophical writings, called the Madnun corpus, attributed to Islam’s greatest theologian, al-Ghazali (d. 505/1111) – his discoveries are based on a painstaking survey of nearly 50 medieval Arabic manuscripts. Besides acquainting scholars with this remarkable new body of source material, his three-volume study presents a critical edition of the most advanced and technical work of this corpus, the manual on metaphysics and natural philosophy called the Major Madnun.[6][7]

Dr al-Akiti, who comes from Malaysia, is trained as a theologian and philologist in both the Islamic and Western traditions: educated originally at the feet of the ulema of the Muslim world, he subsequently received a First Class degree in Scholastic Philosophy and History of Science from the Queen’s University Belfast, where he was awarded various scholarships to read for his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Oxford. His areas of expertise are Islamic theology, philosophy and science.[8]

In 2009, along with Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem and the IIIT, Dr al-Akiti was shortlisted for the Annual UK Muslim Awards, in one of its 15 coveted Awards for Excellence, the Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought.[9]

p/s – The topic basically will be discussed in the field of theology, the collision between Islamic and Western tradition and the preparation to the Muslim community especially the young generation in facing the new world order of politics, capitalism, secularism, neo-colonialism and war on ideology, from our Islamic perspective. Feel free to join us!

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