Muslims had been known as pioneers in establishing great schools and universities, financing them through endowments, curriculum development and even diploma systems. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, introduced mandatory education a sacred activity from cradle to grave, which is what made Islam a global civilization. What can humanity learn from this rich and long-enduring legacy over many centuries and a vast geography to improve our current education system? How can we put it in dialogue with the present educational models and integrate their insights through a holistic and multiplex perspective? This series of international symposiums will focus on the comparative perspectives on education by discovering the holistic and multiplex framework of the classical Muslim scholars of education and putting it in constructive dialogue with the current approaches. The aim is to invite present-day scholars and practitioners to help develop a contemporary educational model that engages with current pedagogical concerns by deriving from the Islamic education tradition and its best didactic practices. The goal is to innovatively produce practical applications to improve education rather than historical and theoretical studies.
To this end, these symposiums will analyze the works of great Muslim scholars who made a significant contribution to the field of education. The choice of Ghazali for the first symposium is the most fitting, as his intellectual and educational legacy truly stands out in Islamic civilization. Applying Ghazali’s conception of education in our contemporary era leads us to the practical question of how his ideas can be utilized to develop an alternative educational model. Much has been written about Ghazali’s life, work, and philosophy, but this first symposium aims to solely focus on Ghazali’s ideas in the field of education.
Materialistic, individualistic, and positivistic secular humanistic ideologies dominate the discourse of education, globally and in the Muslim World. In this conjecture, we would like to invite scholars and practitioners to revisit the works of Ghazali with the following questions in mind: How can Ghazali help us overcome some of the challenges modern or postmodern education faces today? How can Ghazali help us develop an alternative education model that reflects Islamic ethos and holistic multiplex worldview? What does Ghazali offer us to take away in his time-honored works to apply in pre-key, elementary, secondary, high schools, and universities?
The symposium does not focus on Ghazali’s historical legacy but looks at how his legacy can transform the world of education today. Therefore, the main question to be answered by this symposium is:
How can Ghazali help us address the contemporary issues and challenges humanity and the Muslim World face today in the field of education?