INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Director General of Islamic Education

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
The Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) is certainly a very important academic event. The idea to have a conference on Islamic studies in Indonesia came up in the Forum of the Directors of the Postgraduate program, State Islamic Higher Institutions, held in Semarang in 2001. At the beginning, the conference started from a few presenters, mostly from the Islamic higher institutions in Indonesia. Later on, year by year, the conference becomes larger and larger, where the speakers and participants come from different universities and countries in the world. The venue of the AICIS also moves from one city to another. Given the fact that Indonesia is a very diverse country with different cultural backgrounds, the venue of the AICIS represents the uniqueness of Indonesia in general and Indonesian Islam in particular.
Today, we come to the 18th AICIS, held in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Palu is well-known as one of the historical cities in Eastern Indonesia, where the State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) develops rapidly. The major theme of the AICIS this year is “Islam in A Globalizing World: Text, Knowledge and Practice”. This theme is very significant to understand the current dynamics of Islam, especially in Southeast Asia, which has been frequently neglected in the global discourses on Islam. Although Southeast Asia is geographically far away from Mecca and Medina, the center Islam, and its Islamization came much later than that of the Middle East, the Muslims in this region has developed their own texts, knowledge and practices of Islam that are similar to, but at the same time different from, those of the Middle East. Moreover, it is also substantial to understand the dynamic relations between Islam in this region with that of the global world, especially with the Islamic trans-national movements in their various forms and ideologies.
We all realize that we are living in a global world where almost everything is interconnected. It is somehow annoying that globalization puts us into a paradox. We feel more and more similar to one another, but at the same time, we are more intensely exposed to differences. Identity politics, including religious and ethnic identities, becomes more intrusive to our social life and sometimes lead to serious conflicts. In this context, scholars are not only demanded to explain and analyze the social phenomena, but also to find alternative solutions to problems. We hope that, ideally speaking, the papers presented in the AICIS can cover both research findings and recommendations for policy makers to face social problems in our world. Last but not least, I hope all of us will enjoy this conference.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Regards
Prof. Dr. Phil. H. Kamaruddin Amin, M.A 

Director General of Islamic Education


Welcoming remarks
Director of Islamic Higher Education

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
Welcome to the 18th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) 2018. We are immensely proud and happy to continue this annual academic tradition in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi. Bringing up the theme of “Islam in Southeast Asia and the Global World”, this year AICIS aims to look into the dynamics of Islam in the region including how Islamic texts were translated into regional languages and have shaped religious knowledge and authority in institutionalizing Islam in local contexts. As a home to almost 25% of total Muslim world populations, Southeast Asia is a ground for historical and cultural roots which shape the way in which Islam has been understood and practiced.
In the light of this purpose, the 18th AICIS has invited all scholars: national, regional, and international to participate in this academic gathering to exchange ideas, research findings, insights, knowledge, and also to widen the networks. Let me extend my welcome to all plenary, invited, and parallel speakers who are contributing in this conference. I do hope that this event could also serve as an intelectual hub that could initiate more collaborative research projects in the future. Ministry of Religious Affairs through the Directorate of Islamic Higher Education is still opening the Call for Collaborative Research Proposal until December 2018. We expect more and more proposals coming from this conference participants.
I would like to acknowledge that AICISs have evolved from year to year getting better and better. The discussions in each panel have been better, deeper and more focused, thanks to the chairs who have safeguarded the balanced discussion and connected to the main theme of the conference. With such excellence, we could promise that the panel sessions in the 18th AICIS are must-attended.
In the spirit of increasing the research productivity, I hope that the papers presented in AICIS 2018 could be disseminated to some research outlets such as reputable journal publishers both nationally and internationally. We are currently working on inviting international proceeding publishers to publish selected papers from this conference. Alternatively, there are also some nationally acrredited journals on SINTA rank 1-4 which I encourage you to send your articles as well.
Finally, let me express my deepest gratitude and highest appreciation for all committee members, both steering committee and local committee who have been working really hard to make this great event happened. Enjoy the conference, enjoy the city of Palu. Have some insightful discussions, have some meaningful conversations, have more academic connections, and finally, have a great time.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Regards,
Prof. Dr. Arskal Salim GP, M.A

Director of Islamic Higher Education


Welcoming remarks
Rector of IAIN Palu

Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.
Dear AICIS 2018 Attendees.
Welcome to Palu! We are honored to host you at the the 18th AICIS 2018 Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies. We hope you enjoy the event and the city of Palu. On behalf of The organizing committee of AICIS 2018, we warmly welcome you to the 18th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, held at the IAIN Palu, Central Sulawesi, on September 17-20, 2018.
AICIS 2018 continues a series of annual conferences that began in the 2000. This meeting is the premier forum for scholars, researchers, and scientiest of IHE to share their idea, research, and networking, so this event is a special opportunity for them to interact, discuss about the current development of islamic studies. It is for the second time, AICIS is experimenting with a new format of activities. There ara main programs such as on stage discussion, keynote, special panel and panels from selected and open paper, and the support program remain rector forum, post graduate director forum and exibithition. But in this year there are new support program such as clinic profesorship and clinic journal. We hope that AICIS 2018 will attract you to the heart of this beautiful city of Palu to share the success of this annual international conference.
Putting together an event like this requires a tremendous amount of volunteer effort. We are fortunate to have an outstanding Organizing Committee. And I thank to them for this effort.
Again, welcome to Palu. We hope you find AICIS 2018 both academically and networking!
We look forward to welcoming you,
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

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Prof. Dr. Sagaf S. Pettalongi

Rector of IAIN Palu