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History of Civilization Sciences in Islam

  • History of Civilization Sciences in Islam

    20 December 2019 – 21 December 2019

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    Ibn Haldun University is pleased to announce that it is organizing a symposium in Istanbul in honor of the Professor Fuat Sezgin to pay homage to his scientific legacy. Turkey declared 2019 as the year of Fuat Sezgin, a world-renowned late Turkish historian of science who made significant contributions to the documentation of the scientific works of the Muslim civilization.

    Partly due to the influence of Fuat Sezgin, in the last decades, there has been a considerable amount of work done on the contributions of the Muslim civilization on sciences. Unfortunately, although the perspective of Fuat Sezgin was wide including hadith, geography, philosophy, these recent works have been mostly focused on natural sciences, and valuable contributions of the Muslim civilization on the social sciences and humanities has been ignored and unexplored. In order to stimulate research in this direction, we decided to focus the symposium on these neglected fields. Since the division of social sciences and humanities is shaped by positivism and does not reflect the understanding of Islamic civilization of these disciplines we prefer to use the term Civilization Sciences. We believe that focusing on just natural sciences does not reflect the intellectual contribution of Muslim civilization, whose contribution to Civilization Sciences is most significant in our opinion.

    Contributions across all academic disciplines are welcome, with particular attention given to the following research areas including but not limited to following:

    1. History of Classification of Sciences
    2. History of Literature
    3. History of Linguistics
    4. History of History
    5. History of Geography
    6. History of Psychology
    7. History of Philosophy
    8. History of Management
    9. History of Economics
    10. History of Politics
    11. History of Islamic Sciences
    12. History of History of Religion
    13. History of Civilizations Research
    14. History of Educational Sciences
    15. History of Arts
    16. History of Sociology
    17. History of Logic
    18. History of Communication

    Additional suggestions are welcome.

    Since Fuat Sezgin contributed to the understanding of the impact of Muslim civilization on science, the symposium will accept only papers focusing on the Muslim civilization’s contribution to the above-mentioned areas. Paper will be accepted in three languages: Turkish, English and Arabic.

    Partners in organizing this symposium include: Istanbul University, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Fuat Sezgin Vakfı, Marmara University, Medeniyet University.

    Venue: The conference will be held at Ibn Haldun University Başakşehir Campus and will be hosted by Ibn Haldun University. (Open to change.)

    Date: 20-21 December 2019.

    Format: Papers are invited for talks of between 20-25 minutes and each talk will be followed by time for questions and discussion.

    Submission of Abstracts: Please submit a title and abstract not exceeding 500 words to:


    Important Dates:

    Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2019.

    Notification of accepted submissions will be given by 7 October 2019.

    First drafts should be submitted by 15 November 2019.

    The accepted papers after the refereeing process will be considered for publication in Ibn Haldun Journal and in a printed symposium book.

The Second Civilizations Forum: A Posthuman Age? Science, Technology and the Future of Civilizations

  • The Second Civilizations Forum

    25 April 2020 – 26 April 2020

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    In the last decades, the thrust of scientific and technological change has increasingly suggested that humans should doubt and even abandon their central and distinct place and role in the world. The ability to alter essential parts of the human body and/or the natural environment has become a core component of contemporary imagination. Artificial  Intelligence will govern future societies, and the emerging legal debates on the status of robots as persons -or even citizens- indicate a radical change in the nature of personal and social relations, work environment and labor policies, security sectors and even the nature of war. Parallel to that scholars are suggesting that animals are co-citizens, and that our ‘animality’ functions as an integral part of our Self. Between the beast and the machine our new world is being shaped.

    This post-anthropocentric scene is shaped by  post-enlightenment and post-modern elements. in the sense that it replaces the focus of rational argumentation with the mere acceptance of any technological and scientific progress. Whatever is possible is acceptable; hence ideas of ‘post-truth’ prevail. In this posthuman world technology becomes an ideology, and experimentation has no clear ethical boundaries. The distinctions between humans, animals, robots, as well as nature, are willfully  eliminated.

    The philosophical questions that arise from the posthuman condition range from the cosmic to the ontological. Philosophy in the posthuman age would need to readdress many of its core questions on reason, space, time, free will, language and aesthetics.

    As to the socio-political dimension of posthuman condition, political regimes are acquiring new technologies to control the public debate and silence voices of dissent. Artificial Intelligence is used in war and in diverse security sectors, while other socio-economic sectors are lagging behind. The immanent problem is no more a problem of ideology or totalitarianism, but the factual re-creation of human bodies and minds that are prone to submit to machines, in an age of “liquid surveillance”. The Panopticon is getting larger, and the state apparatus is more brutal.

    At the economic level, one can question the meaning of the new capitalism of science and technology and its implications for the global South, which merely consumes technology. How will societies face the emerging new economic modes of production if they over-depend on robots and artificial intelligence? Will millions of people turn into redundant and basically “useless” organisms, a burden on the power that manipulates technology and benefits from it? How will that affect social justice and stability? Should we anticipate massive violence by or against the “useless masses”? How will this threaten the struggle for national and global peace?

    As to the social level, how can technology be an obstacle to human development and interaction? How would biotechnology reshape the human body beyond gender? What implications does this have for the self, family structures, and social dynamics?

    There is also a secular-religious divide in these debates, in which religion is quite marginalized. Religious responses largely address the dangers of technology. They are either part of a religious critique of modernity, or a quest for conservatism. They address partial questions related to technology as a medium and question its moral consequences and boundaries. At the institutional level between the statements of the pope and the fatwas of the sheikhs, various substantial issues are neglected. Obviously, a more comprehensive vision that can transcend that can transcend that divide is required.

    Suggested Topics

    Proposed papers and panels  should include the philosophical, ethical, legal, political, economic, sociological, anthropological, psychological dimensions, or the  literary and artistic expressions of the aforementioned issues. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the subject we strongly encourage early career scholars as  from the various related fields to apply. Submissions on the following non-exhaustive topics are of particular interest to the board:



    Philosophies of Posthumanism

    • The philosophical framework  for a posthuman age

    • The need for a new philosophy of science?

    • Social media: the death of reason?

    • Artificial and intelligent: the future of the robot as a “person.

    • Virtual and augmented realities

    • Perceiving the masses: from the “savage” to the “useless”

    • Beyond male and female: the posthuman invented self

    (Bio)Ethics & Posthumanism

    • Bio-mechanically enhanced bodies

    • Technology, the environment and sustainability

    • The moral limits of cognitive enhancement

    • Synthetic biology and its impact on humanity

    • The moral consequences of Cryonics

    • Mind reading technologies & privacy

    Challenges of Posthumanism for World Religions

    • Futuristic studies and religious visions for the coming age

    • Religious philosophy in the light of the posthuman Age

    • Re-reading the religious Subject in the posthuman age

    • The role of religion in the posthuman age

    • Developing a fiqh for the posthuman age

    Aesthetics & Posthumanism

    • Dystopia and the future of humanity: literary and cinematic approaches

    • Nano-technology: Is small always beautiful?

    The Politics of Posthumanism

    • Information technology and politics: surveillance and the end of free will?

    • From global wars to mini-drones: technology and war

    Civilization Studies & Posthumanism

    • The city and techne: the rise and fall of civility

    • The Virtual City and its effects on urban life



    Important Dates

    Last day for abstract submission

    15 October 2019

    Announcement of accepted submissions

    10 November 2019

    Submission of first draft (min. 3.000 words)

    10 January 2020

    Announcement of accepted papers

    10 February 2020

    Forum date

    18-19 April 2020

    Conference Languages

    English, Turkish, Arabic

    Accomodation and Travel Expenses

    Accommodation in Istanbul will be provided.  We will also be able to cover travel costs for selected papers, but please try to obtain funding for travel from your home institution in the first instance.

    Panel Proposals

    We welcome proposals for whole panels curated around certain topics or areas. Panels will ideally include three to  four individual paper.

    The panel should be submitted online  by the panel Chair through whom all communication will occur.

    We will require contact details, paper titles and abstracts for all papers submitted as part of the panel.

    for further inquiries please contact


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International Sahīh al-Bukhārī Symposium

  • International Sahīh al-Bukhārī Symposium

    1 November 2019 – 3 November 2019

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    Verifying the attribution of ḥadīth to the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) has long preocupied the minds of researchers in Islamic Studies. With this end in sight, many books of ḥadīth were written in the first few centuries. Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī is without a doubt the most important of these works. For this reason many other books and studies were written on it, both in the past and present. These secondary works focused on specific subtopics within the field of ḥadīth studies and varied both in content and aim. Some of these works focused on the methodology of al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥīḥ, while others paid attention to his teachers and students. Other works researched the narrators he included as well as the conditions he applied in choosing them. Another group of researchers decided to focus on the texts of the ḥadīths themselves, in terms of critiquing those texts, understanding them, and analyzing them. And finally, some decided to insted focus on the legal opinions that al-Bukhārī chose in his Ṣaḥīḥ. In addition to all of this, the commentaries written on Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī are considered exemplary models of commentaries written on ḥadīths.

    The great attention Muslim scholars as well as Islamic studies specialists from around the world have given to this text, in terms of historical research, analysis, and study is sufficient to show its value and rank. Despite all of what was mentioned above, historically. some ḥadīth scholars did criticize the text and in our modern day the amount of criticisms has only grown.

    Given this context, this symposium aims to study Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī from all angles: its chapter headings, its mu‘allaqs, its repetitions , its conditions, its methodology in chosing one text over another, the differences in manuscripts, all studies that are related to the text, as well as the criticisms leveled against it.

    This conferences also aims to present studies on the topics mentioned above if they have not yet been researched or have not been adequately studied.

    Therefore, this conference aims to highlight the following themes:

    First: the history of the Ṣaḥīḥ: the social, educational, political, and cultural milieu in which the book was written, as well as the primary sources of the texts, how it was compiled, the effort exerted in its upkeep and preservation, as well as its various manuscripts and their history, and finally historical criticism of the text.

    Second: the methodology of al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥīḥ: the ordering of the text, the method of selecting chapter headings, his condition of two narrators having actually met, as well as the rest of the conditions that apply to narrators, the conditions he had in judging a ḥadīth to be authentic, and the areas of difference between his work and similar books, as well as his own contributions to the field of ḥadīth methodology.

    Third: the ḥadīths of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: critiquing them in terms of isnād and matn (text), analyzing them, studying how and why he quoted parts of them in different areas of the text, as well as appraising these.

    Fourth: the commentaries of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: its scientific value, a focus on some of its unique qualities that have not yet been highlighted, and commentaries that have not been given much attention, as well as commentaries that were never completed.

    Fifth: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Islamic Civilization: the role of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī in the makeup of Islamic civilization, its place in the cultural history of the Muslim community (public readings), and its importance in our modern day.

    Sixth: Criticisms leveled against Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: some of the innovators found among its narrators, the place of its mu‘allaqāt, the role of previous books as sources of some of its content without a proper chain connecting them, the reason why some ḥadīths are cited as being part of it when in actuallity they are not found within it, the validity of the claim that some ḥadīths contained within it are weak or fabricated, the validity of the claim that some of its ḥadīths contradict reason or modern science, the accurateness of ascribing him to the Shāfi‘ī school and his distance from the Ḥanafī school.

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5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium

  • 5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium

    27 April 2019 – 28 April 2019

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    Power, Economic Development and Morality: Paradoxes and Challenges

    Ibn Haldun University invites paper proposals for the 5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium, Power, Economic Development and Morality: Paradoxes and Challenges, to be held on 27th - 28th April, 2019, in İstanbul

    While many studies on Ibn Khaldun focused on Asabiyyah and the role of kinship and tribal bonds in establishing dynasties, little attention has been given to his views on the role of accumulating wealth and conspicuous consumption in corrupting the foundations of authority. Ibn Khaldun assumed that over the course of time, the exercise of power takes on greater structural forms and the corrosion of Asabiyyah can thus be observed. New generations are less willing to sacrifice their welfare for a later gratification as the founding generation was, and this leads to loss of moral values. Furthermore, this phenomenon results in the decline of the external role of armed forces and their increasing involvement in domestic politics.

    This complexity of interrelated variables in explaining the relation between the economic, the political, and moral in the rise and fall of dynasties can be compared to the historical development of capitalism beyond protestant ethics, at a time of rising consumerism and widespread globalization.

    This symposium aims to apply Ibn Khaldun’s ideas to understand contemporary relationships between economic progress and morality. Is it possible to establish an economic development model that secures morality, sustainability, and justice? Do societies face the perpetual dilemma of choosing between economic development, on one hand, and social justice and moral values on the other? How can one approach to the unprecedented growth of global markets from Ibn Khaldun’s perspective? Conversely, may an economic model, which does not acknowledge dominant indicators of progress and growth, necessarily guarantee higher level of morality or less corruption? These are amongst some of the intriguing questions deserving of further research.

    Many of these insights may serve as a starting point for further reflection on economics and morality, growth and ethics, markets and social integrity, and on corrosion. The aim of this symposium is not merely to provide the opportunity for an in-depth study of Ibn Khaldun’s works, but rather to apply his conceptual frameworks as analytical tools. The overarching aim of this symposium is to prompt debate and discussions on the potential application of Ibn Khaldun’s ideas in better understanding contemporary socio-political and economic conditions and crisis. We seek theoretical, empirical, and comparative papers from a wide range of academic disciplines. Co-authored papers are especially welcome.

    The symposium aims to explore the following themes from Ibn Khaldun’s perspective:

    • What does the rise and decline of economies in the past and present tell us?
    • Social, moral and psychological dimensions of economic development such as poverty, income inequality, economic crises, pollution of environment, biodiversity, exhaustion of natural resources, financial and social inclusion, and individualization.
    • The complex relationship between capitalism, hegemony, and global financial markets in times of war and peace.
    • The commodification of culture, arts, and education.
    • Growth of cities, rise of poverty and injustices, and decline of civility.
    • Compatibility of sustainable economic development models with moral values, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and the impact of corporate social responsibility on the issues addressed above.

    Paper topics are not restricted to the items on this list, submissions that address related concerns are also welcome. Abstracts (ca. 500 words) should be submitted using the online application form at

    Accommodation will be provided by Ibn Haldun University. A limited amount of travel expenses are also available.

    A book publication of selected conference proceedings is envisaged following an editorial selection by the organizing committee. Abstracts can be submitted in Arabic, English, and Turkish.

    Important Dates:

    Last day for Abstract Submission 14 December 2018
    Announcement of Accepted Submissions 28 December 2018
    Submission of Full Texts (approx. 5.000 words) 18 March 2019
    Announcement of Full-Text Submissions 15 March 2019
    Final Program 1 April 2019



    Secretaries for the Symposium:

    Ahmet Abdullah Saçmalı, (Ibn Haldun University)

    Hibatuallah Bensaid, (Ibn Haldun University)

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2nd International Süleymaniye Symposium

  • 2nd International Süleymaniye Symposium

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1st International Süleymaniye Symposium

  • 1st International Süleymaniye Symposium

    27 October 2018 – 29 October 2018

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IHU GradCon 2019: 2nd Graduate Conference in Civilization Studies

  • IHU GradCon 2019: 2nd Graduate Conference in Civilization Studies

    5 April 2019 – 6 April 2019

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    The Alliance of Civilizations Institute at Ibn Haldun University is pleased to announce the second international graduate student conference.

    This interdisciplinary graduate conference aims to give early career scholars, Phd-students and Master students the opportunity to present their academic research to peers and senior academics.

    Around the general theme of “Being Human and Human Being”, the conference aspires to provide an intellectual engaged forum for an interdisciplinary discussion of core perspectives and issues. The goal is for everyone to benefit from the multi-disciplinary and inter-civilizational perspectives that are practiced within different academic domains of thought, and to identify new avenues of research within the humanities.

    As such the conference aims to be a preparatory ground to improve rhetoric and presentational skills and to increase the know-how on how to present academic research to people that are not necessarily specialised in the field.  The language of submission is English, though the presentation can exceptionally, upon request and approval, be held in Turkish, nevertheless, we highly encourage all applications to aim presenting in English.

    Individual papers and pre-arranged panels are encouraged to discuss conceptions of human being available in different cultures and civilizations  from major disciplines of social sciences and humanities including – but not limited to :

    • Civilisation Studies
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
    • Philosophy and Theology
    • World History
    • Philosophical anthropology
    • Intellectual History
    • Gender Studies
    • Psychology
    • Critical Theory
    • Cinema Studies
    • Ottoman Studies
    • Turkish Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Islamic Studies
    • Comparative Literature Studies
    • Comparative Religions
    • Jurisprudence

    Submission Details

    • Submissions are restricted to early career scholars, traditional and academic (MA and PhD) students.
    • In order to maintain the academic training dimension of this conference, the language of submission is exclusively English. We highly encourage all presentations to be in English but, upon request, presentation in Turkish can be considered.
    • A selection of quality papers will be considered for publication by a renowned (peer-reviewed) publisher.
    • Deadline for submission of your abstract: 3 February 2019

    How to submit your paper/panel proposal

    For individual papers, a 300-word abstract of the paper should be submitted using the online application form here:

    For panel proposals, a 350-word outline of the theme of the panel should be sent by email to and each presenter has to register his/her paper individually at

    For the participants coming from outside Istanbul, accommodation will be provided by Ibn Haldun University.  A limited amount of travel expenses are also available. To apply for a travel bursary please contact

    Important Dates:

    • Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 3, 2019
    • Notification of Acceptance: February 11, 2019
    • Announcement of the conference program: February 25, 2019
    • Conference Dates: April 5-6, 2019


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IHU GradCon 2018, 1st Graduate Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Management

  • IHU GradCon2018, 1st Graduate Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Management

    25 May 2018 – 26 May 2018


    Ibn Haldun University, 1st Graduate Conference will be held at Ibn Haldun University on 25-26 May 2018. The conference aims to provide a platform for graduate students to exchange ideas, present their research work, shape their tentative thesis proposals in paper format and receive constructive feedback from scholars. The conference will also provide an opportunity to graduate students at IHU to polish their presentation and communication skills, network with other peers across disciplines and faculties to collaborate in future research activities.


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