International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) organized a special public forum on Islam in Myanmar with the theme, the Future of Islam in Myanmar in the 21st Century: Opportunity and Challenges, on 29 April 2012 at IAIS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The one day forum was officially declared open by Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is the patron of IAIS, followed by the welcoming address by Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, chairman of the programme and Deputy CEO of IAIS. While welcoming remarks was given by Dr Nay Aung Kyaw @Mohammed Ali Hassan, Vice President of Myanmar Muslim Intellectual Forum (MMIF). Prof Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman and CEO of IAIS gave his opening speech to the audience.
Various topics were discussed by several prominent scholars during the seminar especially on the democratization in Myanmar, opportunities and challenges for its Muslim communities. The first session concentrated on two topics, Education of Muslims in Myanmar in the Age of Globalization which were presented by Dr Maung Maung @ Hj Mohammed Hussein from Myanmar and Economic, Social and Welfare Position of Myanmar Muslims: Opportunities and Challenges by Mr Khwaja Nizamuddin 2 Maung Min Nine from Myanmar. While the second session focused on the future of Muslim youths by Maulana Akbar Shah @ U Tun Aung from IIUM. Ambassador Dato’ Mat Amir Jaafar, Senior Research Fellow at Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya also took part in the discussion. The discussion ended with the concluding remarks by Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Osman Bakar on the future of Myanmar Muslims in the ASEAN community.
The seminar was jointly organized by IAIS, Myanmar Muslim Intellectual Forum (MMIF), International of Islamic Thought, RISEAP and Institute for the Study of the Ummah and Global Understanding (ISUGU).
IAIS is a Kuala Lumpur based non-profit independent research institute founded in 2008 with the aim to promote academic research on Islam and contemporary issues of concern to Malaysia and Muslim world. Besides conducting forum and discussion on issues relating to Islam from time to time, IAIS also publishes academic journal and bulletin. For further details, please visit IAIS at: www.iais.org.my