Radicalism, Main Issue of the World Muslim Scholar Conference

Opening Cerremony AICIS 2018 in Ballroom Mercure Hotel Palu
Reporter: Ikhsan Madjido

RADICALISM and inclusiveness in Islam is the main issue discussed at a meeting of world Islamic scholars in a forum called The 18th Annual Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) 2018. This year as many as 1700 Islamic study scholars from around the world discussed the gap between text- Islamic text with practice in the field. For this year the theme of the AICIS meeting is "Islam in a Globalizing World: Text, Knowledge, and Practice.

AICIS is an Islamic study forum initiated by Indonesia since 18 years ago. The meeting of Islamic thinkers is a barometer of the development of Islamic studies and the meeting place for the stakeholders of Islamic studies in the world.

Violent campaigns by ISIS and radical groups in various parts of the world are forcing these scientists to gather to complement each other in contributing to Islamic forms according to their original teachings. In the meeting initiated by the Ministry of Religious Affair of the Republic of Indonesia, as many as 300 papers and papers will be discussed in a high-level discussion attended by academics of Islamic studies in various departments.

Religious Affairs Minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, who opened the event, said that forums like this are important so that Islamic studies are not alienated from social dynamics in society. "The discussion will discuss the extent to which Islamic studies experts respond and provide solutions to social and religious issues that have recently disturbed harmony," he said at the Mercure Hotel, Palu, (18/9).

Cases of intolerance, blasphemy, persecution, and cases of radicalism and terrorism require responses that are not merely reactive but require empirical studies and research. According to Ministry of Religious Affair, Islamic academics should not be on top of ivory towers that are too preoccupied with research and discussion and do not contribute to solving social, political, national and national problems in Indonesia and the world.

"The era of global openness has given rise to challenges everywhere, including Indonesia. The shifting of religious tendencies to be more conservative and riding political interests are examples of community dynamics that in fact create problems. To this end, we must respond with wisdom," he added. Ministry of Religious Affair hopes that this conference will bring forth real contributions dedicated to a peaceful world.
One of the desired contributions from Islamic academics is the contagious idea of populism. The good news, so far the world has increasingly realized that Islam Nusantara and has its own peculiarities in responding to radicalism and religious-based conservativism.

The keynote speakers at the series of meetings were the Minister of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Dominik Müller Ph.D from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, who are religious anthropologists whose research is based in Southeast Asia including Indonesia. Other foreign speakers are Prof. Dr. Hans Christian Gunther from Albert Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg, Germany, Dr. Hew Wai Weng from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Dr. Ken Miichi from Waseda University, Japan.**

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