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

 

 

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

 The Directorate General of Islamic Education has initiated a number of academic programs to  strengthen the academic and scholarly quality on Islamic studies through the Directorate of Islamic Higher Education (DIKTIS). It is expected that Islamic Higher Education Institutions (PTKI) are able to prepare Muslim scholars who have knowledge, integrity, professionalism, reputation therefore able to promote the development of Islamic civilization through Islamic scholarship. Graduate programs in Islamic universities have played par excellence in the field of Islamic Studies in Indonesia. Some academic activities have also been developed in preparing the graduate scholars to meet international quality standards,  including collaborative research activities with universities abroad. The Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) is also intended to support the internationalization of both Indonesian Islamic higher education institutions and Indonesian Muslim scholars in many areas of scholarship.

Since its first launching in the year of 2000, AICIS has received great attention and participation from scholars whose interests are Islamic Studies, including those from Indonesia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country members, as well as from many other countries in the world. In addition, the forum has become the barometer for the development of Islamic Studies in Indonesia and ASEAN. The 19th AICIS this year is held in the Old Town of Jakarta, the Capital City of Indonesia. With its theme “Digital Islam, Education and Youth: Changing Landscape of Indonesian Islam”, AICIS has proven to be consistent in looking into the development of Islam, particularly in the global context. The theme is to respond the dynamic of Islam in the millennial era, especially to closely see and discuss the interaction of Islam in the region and the global world, and the shifting discourse from Islam as social facts to Islamic digital landscape. Some mind-teasing sub-themes related to the digital issue are offered for presentations and discussions during the conference. Please kindly check them out in the section of Sub-themes in this AICIS official website for further details.

I am very much honored to invite you all to share your thoughts, studies and literature studies related to the conference theme. Please peruse the panel discussions and parallel sessions to update and exchange your insights. I also invite you to take your opportunities to explore the Old Town of Jakarta while staying in the city. As the most accessible city in Indonesia, Jakarta has become more interesting recently with its development towards a more digitalized city. Digital applications have been very helpful to find handy information to closely see Jakarta on digital landscape before exploring Jakarta on your feet. And last but not least, in the cyber-global world that is interconnected, I hope that the 19th AICIS could become a strategic venue for you the participants and the presenters to build up collaborative initiatives for more interdisciplinary works in the future.

Have a fruitful conference. Salam AICIS 2019.

 

 

Prof. Dr.Phil Kamaruddin Amin, MA

Director General of Islamic Education
MoRA Republic of Indonesia