26 November 2017
The University of Sharjah announced launching the Third International Conference on Arabs' and Muslims' History of Science, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah. Titled "The Arabic & Islamic Scientific Heritage: Innovation, Acculturation, and Coexistence", the conference will be held on December 5-7 2017. Organizing the event comes as part of UoS' strategy to provide a scientific and research platform held regularly to discuss the latest updates and discoveries of the top Arab and Muslim scientists in various disciplines of applied sciences, engineering and space sciences.
The announcement came during a meeting held at UoS, in which details of the conference were revealed, in presence of Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Albatha Holding Group, Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Dr. Salah Taher Alhaj, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs, Dr. Hussein Mohammed El Mahdi, Chairman of Organizing Committees of the Conference, Dr. Salama Mohammed Al-Balooi, Acting Director of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences, representatives of Sharjah Islamic Bank and Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Sharjah, and a number of companies and entities supporting and sponsoring the conference.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, expressed his happiness for holding the third version of the conference this year after the great success of the conference in the previous versions since 2008, asserting that the conference is a manifestation of the vision of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, to establish the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences, and noting that the conference in its third version incorporates various academic and scientific disciplines.
Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy pointed out that the first day of the three-day event comprises of a group of workshops and training courses. The official inauguration will mark the second day of the conference, while the third day will host Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Center of Gulf Studies. Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy noted UoS' intention, manifested by the consecutive conferences organized this year, to cover various academic disciplines, benefit students of B.A., M.A. and PhD programs at UoS, and sign numerous agreements on the sidelines of said conferences.
Furthermore, Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, asserted that the conference establishes UoS' role as a scientific and research platform to benefit the community and shed the light on Arab and Muslim scientists' achievements. The conference connects the massive outcome of their achievements to the recent findings of modern science, highlights the role of Islamic and Arabic scientific heritage in spreading the culture of dialogue, coexistence, and spirit of tolerance among people, and learning the latest theoretical and applied breakthroughs in the field of history of sciences. The conference comprises, in its third version, of ten main axes in various areas of fundamental applied sciences, embracing more than 500+ scientific research of over 30+ countries around the world; 370 of which were accepted. In addition, more than 600+ researchers and experts will be participating in the event from various foreign countries.
Dr. Salama Mohammed Al-Balooi, Acting Director of Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences, pointed out that the conference has become a distinguished feature among the many features the University of Sharjah had established in its journey. It also marks the steppingstone of the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences after concluding its foundational phase and formulating its scientific plan. The third version of the conference, titled "The Arabic & Islamic Scientific Heritage: Innovation, Acculturation, and Coexistence", will express the message of the Sharjah Foundation and its role in spreading values of coexistence and tolerance through the scientific heritage of the Arabic and Islamic nation. The tenth axis of the conference will focus on the Arabic and Islamic scientific heritage and its role in reinforcing the culture of dialogue and coexistence. Moreover, the conference's axes will highlight several disciplines correlated to the applied aspects of life, which emphasize the value of sciences in the hearts and minds of Arabs and Muslims for the service of humanity, by connecting the theoretical areas with the scientific areas, and accompanying workshops and exhibitions.
Mr. Hassan Abdullah Al Balghouni, Head of Public Relations & Social Responsibility – Sharjah Islamic Bank, expressed SIB's interest as a national institution in Sharjah in supporting these scientific conferences, as SIB believes in the message of the University of Sharjah, which stands as a high-rank academic monument in the UAE. Mr. Hassan Al Balgouni expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given to SIB to participate in the conference that connects the nation's history to its presence. Furthermore, Mr. Majid Hamad Al Sweidi, Director of Local Promotions Department - Tourism and Commerce Development Authority, expressed his joy to be part of the meeting to announce launching the conference, which contributes in unifying the efforts, visions, and exchange of knowledge and local and international scientific experiences to serve Arabs' and Muslims' history of sciences, stressing the conference's role in spreading knowledge and enriching the Islamic and human civilization. Mr. Mamdouh Ahmad, Managing Director – Albatha Holding Group, noted the group's keenness to develop the community by supporting these conferences for their role in reinforcing science and knowledge.