HBKU centre names winners of undergraduate essay contest
November 03 2020 12:04 AM
The College of Islamic Studies.
The College of Islamic Studies.

The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University has announced the winners of the undergraduate essay competition held by its Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilisation (CMCC).
First held in 2017 and occurring biennially, the competition reflects a commitment by CMCC to creating and raising awareness among young people on the contributions Muslims have made to human civilisation. In doing so, the competition is also designed to disseminate a culture of research and instil a greater sense of civilisational responsibility among undergraduate students. Awards of between $2,000 and $10,000 are given to the winning Arabic and English language submissions.
The subject of this year’s competition was ‘Muslim Intellectual Life in 2nd Century Hijri/8th Century CE Baghdad.’ Participants were tasked with basing their submissions around a range of themes, including religion and ethics, literature and poetry, architecture, and political thought and governance.
 In response, the CMCC attracted submissions from across 10 countries, with the following participants receiving awards for their work: Samia Aissaoui (Algeria); Ian Greer (Canada); Zeinab Ghaedi (Iran); Remilekun Fasanya (Nigeria); Berke Cetinkaya (Turkey); Umran Khan and Edward Taylor (both United Kingdom).
Prof Aisha al-Mannai, director, CMCC, said: “We were delighted with the eclectic and international mix of submissions on this year’s theme. The calibre and quality of all essays were extremely high and selecting winning entries was by no means an easy task. However, what set our winners apart was the diversity of sources used to inform the style, structure and clarity of their submissions. The fact that some of our winners are non-Muslims also reflects that interest in Muslim contributions to civilisation remains high in many parts of the world.
“We are hopeful that such competitions and other academic activities of CMCC would enhance the realisation of our primary objective of creating awareness about the contribution of Islam and Muslims to civilisation among the youth and academics alike. Ultimately, we’d like to thank everyone who submitted essays for this year’s competition. Researching, developing and putting ideas to paper could not have been easy under the current circumstances.”

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