American University of Sharjah

Islamic Civilization in the 21st Century

Overview

The international symposium "Islamic Civilization in the 21st Century - Global Perspectives" will be held at American University of Sharjah, September 24-25, 2014.

Held in conjunction with the Sharjah Museums Department, this bilingual symposium aims to highlight the positive, innovative, visionary, inspiring and creative contributions that outstanding individuals from the region and beyond are making today to contemporary Islamic and global civilization.

The symposium will bring together internationally recognized professionals and experts from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, united by their groundbreaking work.

The symposium will focus on three areas and comprise the following sessions:

  • Education, Research and Scholarship- Innovative Approaches, Groundbreaking Initiatives: This session will bring together personalities involved in innovative projects aimed at the digital preservation of Islamic manuscripts and material culture as globally accessible tools for education and research.
  • The Sciences - Tackling the Challenges of our World: In this session, scientists and environmental activists will talk about their research and involvement in pioneering projects ranging from scientific space research to genetics, climate change and water security.
  • Arts, Culture and Communication - Treasured Legacies and New Departures: Insight into the wide and diverse contributions in the contemporary arts and new media, including conceptual art aimed at visualizing oral history and heritage, Arabic typography as well as contemporary animation and new departures in interaction design.

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