Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and social sciences at Qatar University (QU) in collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) kicked off three-day international conference on Religion in constitutions within a Global context: historical, political, legal and cultural dimensions on 24 January.
The conference was opened by speech of Prof Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice-President for Research and Postgraduate Studies, in which she explained the importance of this conference. She said that it deals with an important substantive topic, constitutions and their relationship with the cultures and heritage of people. This requires great expertise, knowledge and commitment of the cultural and social, moving from local to global contexts and producing clear ideas capable of achieving the objectives of the center in preserving the identity of the nation and cultural openness to the other. She thanked the guests and their efforts of making it a successful event.
The opening session also included speech by Dr. Nayef Nahar Al Shamari Director of Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities & Social Sciences, he welcomed the participants and spoke about the importance of the conference, in which the fundamental issues will be discussed.
Dr. Nayef said: “The conference is part of the strategy of the center aiming to create a bridge for better understanding of the phenomena in which the relationship between national, constitutional and social issues and their relationship to religion will be discussed.”
“The conference will also discuss the controversy between religion and power in the tangible reality, the constitutional status of the religion according to different practices of some countries shedding light on the issues of external penetration in Islamic constitutions,” he added.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti, Representative of Scientific Committee, said during his speech that this topic has been his concern for years by collecting scientific material about most of the world’s constitutions and following up.
The first session of the conference covered the topic: The historical and cultural dimensions of the religious issue in the constitutions of the nations in the world.
Source: Qatar University