Themed, 'Knowledge and Liberation of Islamicjerusalem', the glittering opening ceremony for both the International Conference on Jerusalem Studies (Islamicjerusalem) as well as the 2nd International Postgraduate Academic Forum was officiated by the Vice-President of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turki, Prof. Dr. Yasin Aktay, at the Kucukcekmece Municipal Council auditorium.
Also present at the ceremony were the Mayor, President of IZU, leading international academics, international NGO leaders (NGOs) and local communities as well as leading media from Turkey and Western Asia.
This year the conference chose to review the role of knowledge in preparation for Muslims to liberate the holy land of Jerusalem.
In total, seven participants who represented UUM IEIJS presented their papers. The UUM team comprised of IEIJS Director, Dr. Aminurraasyid Yatiban, Dr. Ratnaria Wahid, Dr. Muhammad Subhan and Mr. Musa Hatim Koko from the School of International Studies (SoIS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shukri Ahmad and Dr. Rashidah Mamat from the Centre of General Studies and Dr. Rohaya Md. Ali from the School of Education and Modern Languages (SEML).
Participants at the conference also had the opportunity to attend a dialogue session as well as a dinner banquet that was also attended by the two renown religious endowment institutions in Turkey, namely IHH Insani Yardum Vakfi , which is famous for its international humanitarian assistance initiative Mavi Marmara and the Bilim Insan Vakfi, the main sponsor for IZU operation.
During this conference, IEIJS Director, Dr. Aminurraasyid Yatiban was given the honour to become a member of the International Panel of Scientific Innovation in the field of Jerusalem Studies.
The closing ceremony was officiated by the President of IZU, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bulut.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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