Islam and Civilization Symposium
Purpose and Scope
ISLAM AND CIVILIZATION
3rd International Symposium
October 16-17, 2023 - Elazığ, Türkiye
THE FOUNDING ELEMENTS OF ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION:
THE QUR'AN, SUNNAH, AND REASON
(Deadline for submission of abstracts: June 23, 2023)
Civilization is a manifestation of humanity's shared cultural, scientific, and artistic heritage, encompassing all the values and achievements that they have produced on Earth. Therefore, it is as old as human history itself. From the beginning to the present day, there have been elements that affected, transformed, developed, and contributed to civilization. Among them, the most influential is undoubtedly religion. Indeed, every religion has led to both individual and social transformations among its adherents through the rules and regulations for life it offered the individual and the society and the criteria it provided. The transformation resulting from the religion's influence has been reflected directly in the civilization of the region where it is practiced.
Islam, which emerged in the Arabian Peninsula during the 7th century AD, through the universal values it offered to humanity, gained prominence in a short time in the entire world and spread rapidly. Islam's unique ability to embrace people from diverse nations without any linguistic, racial, class, or regional discrimination and the original creed, the moral and legal framework it offered them has set it apart from other civilizations and facilitated the development of Islamic civilization with “ummah consciousness” -a strong sense of community and common purpose-. Thus, in the regions they inhabited and governed, Muslims have contributed to and enriched the common heritage of humanity they inherited.
Each research study on the founding elements as well as the fundamental factors in the formation of Islamic civilization developed through Muslim contributions is crucial for an accurate understanding and interpretation of this civilization. Islam is a religion that is founded on divine revelation and places significant emphasis on the use of reason and intellect. Accordingly, the Islamic civilization has been formed on the basis of the Qur'an and Sunnah and shaped by the synthesis of reason and emotions. This symposium aims to explore the Qur'an, Sunnah, and reason that constituted a source for Islamic civilization in terms of their fundamental features, contributions to culture, interpretation methods, contemporary challenges, and various other aspects.