Awqaf South Africa in partnership with The Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) are jointly organizing the 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ISLAMIC CIVILISATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA.
Islam as a religion and as a group of cultures has had a major influence in Africa since its introduction to the region. More than 60% of Africans are Muslims and numerous Muslim cultures and arts flourished in North, West, and East Africa and as a result Islam and Muslims made significant contributions in all spheres of life.
The Congress shall be held for three days during 4-6 MARCH 2016.
The Congress shall take place at the SENATE HALL AT THE CAMPUS OF UKZN IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA.
The Symposium shall be conducted in English.
Phone: +27 79 507 1196 (GMT +2)
- Toincrease our knowledge of the history and heritage of Islam in Southern Africa
- Make the religious and cultural heritage of Southern African Muslims better understood by themselves and other communities inside and outside the region;
- Strengthen affinities and cooperation among Muslim and African nations and peoples by producing and disseminating Islamic and cultural knowledge;
- Promote better understanding and dialogue amongst Muslim people and people of other faith and cultural communities;
- Offer a forum for the true understanding of Islamic culture in the world.
The theme of the symposium shall be “Islamic Civilization in Southern Africa: Developments and Future Perspectives”.
The sessions and papers will address the following topics:
- Spread of Islam in Southern Africa
- Trade and Islam Language and Islamic Literature
- Islamic Education and Intellectual Development
- History, Contribution, and Challenges
- Colonialism, Apartheid & Democracy
- Coexistence of Cultures
- Arts and Crafts, Architecture, and Archaeology Future Perspectives
- Muslim Media
- Influential Muslim Figures
- Establishment of Islamic financial institutions
- Current community-state relations NGOs
- Muslim Community Social Investment (CSI)
Side programs will include:
- Gala Dinner and Cultural Evening – Friday 4th March 2016
- Visit to former “Group Areas” Kwa Mashu, Chatsworth, Phoenix