The Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia participated in the 1st UP-IIS International Exploratory Workshop And Conference last September 21-22, 2018. Day 1 focused on the “Workshop on Publication Opportunities on Islam in Southeast Asia”, while Day 2 discussed “The Role of the State, Education, Community Outreach, Responsible Media, and Religio-Cultural Dialogues in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).”
Other topics discussed included the Muslim history and identity, Shariah Law and the relationship of Islam to other religions, the governance of state, and the culture, education and dynamics of Islamic society. Presenters came from UPD-IIS, Ateneo de Davao University, La Trobe University, Australia and Florida State University, USA.
Two papers, namely “The Social Media Habits of Members of Muslim Student Associations in the Three Atenean Consortium Universities in Mindanao” and “A Baseline Survey on the Leadership Role of Muslim Religious Leaders in the Philippines” were presented by Al Qalam staff Kristelle Alina Rizardo and Nur Hussain Maba, respectively.
The event was also an opportunity to expose the AB Islamic Studies fourth year students of the Ateneo de Davao University on a national scale, and to further network with concerned stakeholders on the state of the Bangsamoro and the research of different academic institutions and groups.
The event was organized by the University of the Philippines Diliman – Institute of Islamic Studies, led by its Dean, Prof. Macrina Morados, and moderated by Prof. Nassef Manabilang Adiong.