HBKU College of Islamic Studies conference highlights student-led research
April 15 2019 02:14 AM
Participants of the conference.

The Student Council at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) in Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), under the aegis of the CIS Research Division, has concluded its annual student research conference.
The one-day event, which was held on Saturday, provided students with an opportunity to showcase the breadth of their academic works.
Posing as a platform for the exchange of ideas and innovative scholarly work, the CIS Student Conference 2019 provided an ideal opportunity for students to formally present their work, engage with the audience and appropriately respond to counter-arguments, and network with other students from outside their own field, HBKU said in a statement.  It brought together emerging scholars across interdisciplinary programmes within CIS, including Islamic finance, art and architecture, global affairs, and contemporary thought within Islamic studies. Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, dean of CIS, said: “The annual CIS Student Conference is a microcosm of the intellectual debate we hope our students would continue to shape upon graduation. The conference is a platform that allows students to think critically, incorporate a broad spectrum of experience and worldview, and investigate a wide variety of subject areas.” Students submitted their best research pieces forward for consideration, which underwent a selection process by a committee of professors and researchers at the college. Final selections for the conference were based on the originality of their research topic, the clarity of argument and potential impact of the piece. Students from the five concentrations of Islamic Studies put forth thought-provoking concepts either in the form of its analytical approach or its relevance to present-day concerns.
Presentations were delivered considering The Master-Disciple Relationship in Buddhism and Islam in Comparative Religions, debating Interreligious Relations in Albania in Islamic Civilisations and Societies, and prompting discussions Towards an Islamic Basis for Veganism in Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics.
Additional student talks within Islamic Studies from the perspective of Contemporary Fiqh and Contemporary Qur’anic Studies addressed The Application of ‘Urf in Islamic Law with Regard to Hijab and Michel Quibers’ Methodology in Analysing the Structure of the Qur’an respectively. The Master and PhD students from the field of Islamic Finance shared their research on Assessing the Prospects of Islamic Insurance in Ghana and Information and Islamic Finance in the Digital Era. 
The Master’s student representing the Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism programme delved into a discussion of Islamic Values in Islamic Art, while the same of Islam and Global Affairs shared his research regarding the Impact of Life Coaching on Students’ Wellbeing and Engagement Levels in Qatar.
Mohamad Alazemi, president of the CIS Student Council, said: “We have developed an understanding of the topics put forth and gained confidence in our roles as relevant scholars and global citizens.”

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