‘Muslims need to study history to give new direction to global polity’

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The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani; QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham; Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Qatar Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al-Naimi; Qatar’s former Minister of Energy and Industry Mohamed Al-Sada; QU’s Chief Strategy & Development Officer Dr. Khalid Mohamed Al-Khanji; and QU’s Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof. Mariam Ali Al-Maadeed.
Qatar University’s Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences had organised his lecture yesterday titled ‘Islam and the West’, wherein Dr. Ibrahim Kalin discussed the relationship between Islamic and Western civilizations and its various dimensions
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Muslims need to study history to understand themselves and to give a new direction to global politics so that the long-term impact of any tensions between Islamic and Western societies is positive, said Dr. Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesman for the Turkish Presidency.

Dr. Ibrahim Kalin was delivering a talk about the history, the many schools of thoughts and phenomena including Eurocentrism and perceptions of Muslims and Islam over the years.

Dr. Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesman for the Turkish Presidency, during his talk at Qatar University.

“We have to study this history for our own self-perception and self-view. We have to overcome Eurocentrism and Occidentalism; develop our own identity without necessarily turning every ‘other’ into an enemy,” he said.

Qatar University’s (QU) Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences had organised his lecture yesterday titled ‘Islam and the West’, wherein Dr. Ibrahim Kalin discussed the relationship between Islamic and Western civilizations and its various dimensions.

The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al Thani; QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham; Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Qatar Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al-Naimi; Qatar’s former Minister of Energy and Industry Mohamed Al-Sada; QU’s Chief Strategy & Development Officer Dr. Khalid Mohamed Al-Khanji; and QU’s Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Prof. Mariam Ali Al-Maadeed.

Dr. Ibrahim Kalin first thanked the university for the invitation and expressed his happiness at visiting Qatar for the talk. “I am very happy to be here at Qatar University, because Qatar is not only a country that we have an excellent relationship with, but it has also become a major hub, a major regional power, with the work it has been doing under the able leadership of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in security, regional issues, economy, mediation, regional affairs, but also in science and education.

“The educational initiatives taken here in Qatar from this university to Education City and many other research centers in many different areas represent a model and shows that human capacity can be developed in different ways.”

In conclusion, Dr. Ibrahim answered questions from the audience.

The lecture, which was held in the university, was also available for the public via online stream.

[Pictures courtesy Press release from QU)

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