Welcoming remarks

Director of Islamic Higher Education
Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

I am very delighted to welcome you all to the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) 2019 in the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia. This year, we are bringing up a theme of “Digital Islam, Education and Youth: Changing Landscape of Indonesian Islam” as a response to the current dynamics of Islam in this millennial era. This theme aims at looking more closely on how the relations between Islam in this region and that of the global world, especially on the shifting discourses from Islam as a social fact to the newly emerging Islamic digital landscape. It is indeed an emerging situation and a robust area for research.
Some compelling sub-themes are going to be presented in AICIS 2019, among others are: Islam, Youth and Social Media, Religious Authority and Fatwa in the Digital Age, Islamic Literatures of Millennial Generation and Hijrah, Representation and Identity. Please do explore our conference website for further details of presentation sub-themes. We invite you to share your insights, study results, or literature studies on these topics by sending your papers for presentation.
It is a great pleasure that the 18th AICIS held in Palu of Central Sulawesi had been a great success attended by presenters and participants from more than forty nationalities including those from North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. This year, with a more accessible venue in the capital city, I do hope that we could follow this success by attracting more presenters and participants of various nations and fields of study. Please do extend our AICIS invitation to your colleagues, in country and abroad.
In this cyber-global and interconnected world, we do hope that AICIS 2019 could serve as a strategic venue for academicians and practitioners whose interest is Islamic studies to get interconnected with other academicians and other fields of study. I do hope that more collaborative and interdisciplinary studies will be initiated from this conference. I also hope that the papers presented at the AICIS 2019 provide research findings and recommendations that are both directly and indirectly beneficial for public needs, especially policy makers and practitioners in the Islamic world. Last but not least, I wish you have a wonderful conference and meetup at the metropolitan city of Jakarta.

Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuh.

Prof. Dr. M. Arskal Salim, GP, MA.

Director of Islamic Higher Education
Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia