Muslim Intellectual Life in 2nd Century Hijri /8th Century
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Muslim Intellectual Life in 2nd Century Hijri /8th Century CE Baghdad

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

In pursuit of the Center’s objective of creating awareness particularly among young people regarding the contribution of Muslims to civilization, the center organizes periodic competitions (biennially) for undergraduate students. It is our conviction that such competitions are one of the most effective means of introducing young people – the leaders of future generations of the Muslim Ummah and humanity at large – to Islam and the contribution of its scholars to the forward march of civilization. The first competition was held in 2017 and was related to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The topic for this year’s competition is: MUSLIM INTELLECTUAL LIFE IN 2nd CENTURY HIJRI/8th CENTURY CE BAGHDAD


Competition Themes:

  1. Religion and Ethics
  2. Natural Sciences 
  3. Philosophy 
  4. Literature and Poetry
  5. Architecture
  6. Art and Music
  7. Calligraphy
  8. The Art of Healing
  9. Political Thought and Governance


Competition Objectives:

  1. Creating awareness among undergraduate students regarding Islamic civilization and its role in human progress
  2. Disseminating a culture of academic research among undergraduate students
  3. Inculcating in students a sense of their civilizational responsibility.


Terms of Participation in the Competition:

  1. Participants should be UNDERGRADUATE university students.
  2. The competition is open to all Qatari and international students, both in Qatar and globally, whether Muslims or non-Muslims.
  3. Participation in the competition can be in Arabic or English.
  4. Participants must submit the registration form through the Cognito Online Form link along with a recent photograph and a copy of their valid passport or identity card.
  5. The research must be an original work which was not published before or  submitted to any other institution or research contest. 
  6. The researcher must adhere to the norms of academic writing and observe honesty in research. 
  7. The research paper must be written in grammatically correct language with well-structured sentences and refined linguistic style.
  8. The length of the research paper should be between 10,000 – 11,000 words.
  9. The following guidelines should be followed in writing the research paper:
    • Font type: Times New Roman
    • Font size: 12 for the text and 10 for the footnotes
    • Space between lines: 1.5
    • Page numbers: Bottom of the page
    • Footnotes: Bottom of the page
    • References and sources: At the end of the research paper.
  10. Research papers will be reviewed and judged by an academic committee. 
  11. The decision of the academic committee shall be final.
  12. The research papers submitted for competition will be the academic property of the Center and will not be returned to participants.
  13. Participation in the contest starts as of January 01, 2020.
  14. The last date for submission of papers shall be June 30, 2020. No submissions will be considered if they reach the Center after this date.


The Awards:

There would be separate and equal awards for both English and Arabic language papers. The awards shall be as follows:

  • First prize – ($10,000) Ten thousand US dollars. 
  • Second prize – ($7,000) Seven thousand US dollars.
  • Third prize – ($5,000) Five thousand US dollars.
  • Three (3) incentive awards - ($2,000 - two thousand US dollars) each will be awarded to participants selected by a Jury Committee.


Important Dates: 

Deadline for papers submission: Saturday, June 30, 2020
Notification of paper acceptance: Monday, July 20, 2020

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