Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
As a prestigious event within the Directorate of Islamic Education, AICIS (Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies) has proven that Islamic lecturers, researchers and scholars, especially within the The Islamic Higher Education are able to bring the brilliant ideas, thoughts and findings on topics and themes relevant to the development of current situations in Islamicperspective. I see that in every AICIS, there are always new things revealed in the study so it is always interesting to be followed by the participants in each session. As an annual meeting that is discussing about researches on Islamic studies, AICIS has become a medium of building intellectual networking both locally and internationally. Here is the urgency why AICIS needs to be maintained because it has been able to prove as a representative medium for disseminating Islamic studies to the public.
In my view, AICIS contributes to improving the academic image of Indonesian Islamic education to the world. It has been years and years that the Islamic scholarly works by scholars from different Islamic higher educational institutions across Indonesia has not been convincingly known in the eyes of the international academic community, while Indonesia has long represented a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. Therefore, the Minstery of religious affairs wants to introducethe potentials of Indonesian Islamic education into the world. The so-called internationalization of indonesia’s Islamic education through academic works by scientists from Islamic higher education in Indonesia plays a major role in the attempt to come to the forefront of the global, reputable education. This 18th AICIS in 2018 has a significant contribution, therefore, to the growing number of internationally reputable academic works. It is only through reputable academic works that Indonesian Islamic education can communicate with the world with ease.
Through international academic events such as the 18th AICIS, we hope to send an important message that Indonesia is the only country with the largest number of Islamic educational institutions in the world. More than that, Islamic educational institutions of Indonesia represent the world in the struggle for moderate Islam to contain radicalism and capitalism. So, it is not an exageration to say that Indonesia can represent the world in dealing remarkably with Islam. Indonesia is a plural country with a great potential for conflict, but in reality, however, this does not happen because Islamic education is so instrumental in shaping the knowledge and awareness of people about Indonesian nationalism. I hope that the 17th AICIS and other international academic activities can be an effective medium forachieving the above goals.
Prof. Dr.Phil. H. Kamaruddin Amin, M.A
Director General of Directorate of Islamic Education