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Call for Papers for Symposium:
THE ATTAINMENT OF JUSTICE, PROSPERITY, AND PEACE IN PLURALISM FOR REVITALIZATION OF CIVILIZATION: THE RISALE-I NUR PERSPECTIVE
(Mewujudkan Keadilan, Kesejahteraan, dan Perdamaian dalam Keberagaman untuk Revitalisasi Peradaban)
Sahid Hotel, Jakarta, April 17-19, 2014
Convener: Andi Faisal Bakti, FIKOM, Universitas Pancasila and The Indonesian Muslim Intellectual’s Association (ICMI); Co-Organizers: Hasbi Sen (Nursemesta Foundation) in Cooperation with The Istanbul Foundation of Science and Culture (IIKV); Armai Arief, Indonesian Lecturer’s Association (ADI); The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA RI)
Muslim Southeast Asia ‒ a regional entity in a culture that integrates diversity (unity in diversity) ‒ faces the issues of underdevelopment, poverty, injustice, and conflict, which are less common in Buddhist East Asia. The former’s strategic geopolitical position and wealth of natural resources ‒ not held to bring prosperity to the people but rather to attract foreign powers to exploit their natural resources‒ undergoes seemingly endless conflict and disharmony. In this regard, religious and cultural diversity are often used as an excuse to explain the slow attainment of well-being.
As a result, there is a growing need to turn this perceived religious and cultural diversity into a force capable of making an impetus for increased prosperity and the creation of harmony between communities. As education is seen as a way to change behavior, establishing a new paradigm of education in Muslim South East Asia has become an urgent necessity.
Badiuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) lived and fought in turbulent times, when the problems of poverty, ignorance, war and the search for a national identity and religion were rampant in Turkey. The combination of intelligence and piety of Said Nursi together with the challenges of his time gave birth to brilliance in many fields. Hence Said Nursi’s ideas, especially his concept of education, peace, and prosperity, can be used to serve as the foundation to build a new paradigm of education in Muslim South East Asia. With the rich culture and civilization of this region, this educational paradigm would reformulate in accordance with the character and atmosphere of this religious society.
Suggested sub-topics, but not limited to, are the following:
1. Education and Civilization:
a. Religious Education Methods in the Risale-i Nur
b. Risale-i Nur Education as Social Change Model
c. Madrasah al-Zahra as an Ideal Educational Institution
d. The Implementation of IMTAK (Faith) and IPTEK (Science and Technology) in Said Nursi’s Views
e. Self-Development According to Risale-i Nur
f. Civil Society: Risale-i Nur Approach to Communication
g. Ignorance as Enemy of Civilization
h. Education and Civilization are Pre-requisites for Obtaining Justice and Allowing Coexistence
2. Prosperity and Development:
a. Strengthening Cooperation and Coordination between Muslim Countries to Achieve Prosperity
b. The Solution of Poverty According to Risale-i Nur
c. Said Nursi’s Development and Welfare Strategy
d. Towards a Prosperous Society: Risale-i Nur Insights
e. East Asian Development and Said Nursi: a Japanese Model
3. Peace and Conflict Resolution:
a. The Causes of Conflicts in the Eyes of Said Nursi
b. Peace and Harmony as Sine qua None of Civil Society
c. Conflict Resolution as Proposed by Risale-i Nur
d. Badiuzzaman Said Nursi’s Approaches to Cooperation
1) The Symposium will take place in Jakarta, Sahid Hotel, April 17-19, 2014.
2) All papers need to be sent by email and received by the various deadlines set by the Symposium Secretariat. Late arrivals will not be considered.
a) Abstracts (English or Arabic only, not Indonesian) not exceeding 250 words should be received via email no later than December 15, 2013.
b) First drafts of papers not exceeding 15 pages should be submitted no later than March 1, 2014.
c) The authors of the papers accepted for presentation will be notified by March 15, 2014.
d) Final papers need to be received no later than April 1, 2014.
3) Papers should be within the framework of the above topics and written with reference to the Risale-i Nur.
4) The Symposium will be held in Indonesian, English, and Arabic. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
A wide variety of documentation related to the Risale-i Nur is available for study at:
The Risale-i Nur Collection consists of: The Words, The Flashes, The Letters, The Rays, Signs of Miraculousness.
Yayasan Nur Semesta (the Nur Semesta Foundation) will assist in providing further material if required. In addition to reading the English translation of Risale-i Nur by Sukran Vahide, participants are encouraged to consult the following sources: Serif Mardin, Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey: The Case of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Albany 1989); Camilla Nereid, In the Light of Said Nursi: Turkish Nationalism and the Religious Alternative (Bergen 1997); Fred A. Reed, Anatolia Junction: A Journey Into Hidden Turkey (Burnaby 1999); Sukran Vahide, The Author of the Risale-i Nur, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Istanbul 1992); Sukran Vahide, Islam in Modern Turkey: An Intellectual Biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005); Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi‘ (Editor), Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-i Nur (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008); Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi‘ (Editor), Islam at the Crossroads: On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003); Ian Markham, Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (Ashgate Publishing, 2009); Ian Markham and Suendam Birinci, An Introduction to Said Nursi, Life, Thought and Writings (Ashgate Publising, 2011); and Colin Turner, Said Nursi – Makers of Islamic Civilization (Oxford Press, 2011).
Address of the Secretariat:
Faculty of Communication
Universitas Pancasila, JI. Srenseng Sawah, Jagakarsa
Jakarta Selatan 12640
Tel/Fax: +62 21 7870451
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