‘Im­pact of science in Is­lamic cul­ture’

Min­is­ter stresses im­por­tance of up­grad­ing mes­sage of art, me­dia

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The con­fer­ence on “the im­pact of science in Is­lamic cul­ture” kicked off yes­ter­day, un­der the pa­tron­age of Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem AlHu­moud Al-Sabah. Sheikh Sal­man is also Chair­man of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters (NCCAL). The 3-day event (from Oc­to­ber 10 to 12) is or­ga­nized by NCCAL with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a num­ber of sci­en­tists and re­searchers to cel­e­brate Kuwait as a “Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016”.

The con­fer­ence fo­cuses on the role of Is­lamic sci­ences in achiev­ing de­vel­op­ment for hu­man­ity in dif­fer­ent fields, said NCCAL Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ali Al-Yoha in his open­ing speech. The head of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Jasmi said that the con­fer­ence sheds light on the ef­fect of science on dif­fer­ent as­pect of the Is­lamic cul­ture. He added that dis­cus­sion made in the event will be printed out and pub­lished in a book by Kuwait Univer­sity.

“Is­lamic civ­i­liza­tion has pro­duced sci­en­tific break­throughs that can be at­trib­uted to the faith’s hu­mane im­age, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Art and Let­ters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Yoha said.

Al-Yoha said that a num­ber of sci­en­tists of var­i­ous faiths have helped build this ed­i­fice of sci­en­tific knowl­edge. More­over, he noted that the con­fer­ence con­sti­tutes a part of planned cul­tural and sci­en­tific ac­tiv­i­ties that will show­case how sig­nif­i­cant science is “to our cul­tural lives.”

Dr Ma­jdi Ab­dul­hafeth, one of many aca­demi­cians who took part in the con­fer­ence, said that the event “al­lows us to re­flect on the in­deli­ble mark left by those who came be­fore us.” He also spoke of Arab and Mus­lim sci­en­tists’ de­vo­tion to their works, which helped in­spire in­tel­lec­tu­als and philoso­phers all across the globe. Head of the con­fer­ence’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Jasmi said that Is­lamic con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­en­tific world has often been over­looked, adding that all is­sues dis­cussed in the con­fer­ence will be in­cor­po­rated into a book to be pub­lished soon. The two-day con­fer­ence, which ends Wed­nes­day, fea­tures a bevy of sci­en­tists and philoso­phers who will en­gage in dis­cus­sions that run the gamut from sci­en­tific ide­olo­gies to de­vel­op­ment and ad­vance­ment.

Mes­sage of art, me­dia

Mean­while, Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah has un­der­lined the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing the mes­sage of art and me­dia so as to pro­mote col­lec­tive thought, and es­tab­lish cit­i­zen­ship and loy­alty. This came in a press state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion yes­ter­day after Sheikh Sal­man met with Chair­man of the Kuwait Artists Syn­di­cate Tareq Al-Ali and board of di­rec­tors.

The min­is­ter stressed that de­vel­op­ing col­lec­tive thought and es­tab­lish­ing cit­i­zen­ship are nec­es­sary to face chal­lenges which pose risks to the re­gion’s cul­ture and tra­di­tions as well as mod­er­a­tion and tol­er­ance of Is­lam. He called for de­vel­op­ing me­dia and artis­tic works aim­ing to dis­card vi­o­lence, ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism, and pro­mote love and co­op­er­a­tion.

Sheikh Sal­man in­di­cated that the govern­ment adopted a cul­tural strat­egy with the aim of de­vel­op­ing artis­tic and cul­tural in­fra­struc­ture and set­ting up artis­tic fa­cil­i­ties in all gov­er­norates. He re­it­er­ated that this move aims to evolve the mes­sage of art to be de­liv­ered to all cit­i­zens. He af­firmed sup­port of the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Arts and Let­ters for all ini­tia­tives seek­ing to show the real and bright im­age of Kuwait. Al-Ali lauded ef­forts ex­erted by Sheikh Sal­man in but­tress­ing artis­tic move­ment and de­vel­op­ing me­dia in Kuwait.

Qatar hon­ors Kuwaiti

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the Qatar Her­itage and Iden­tity Cen­ter (QHIC) has hon­ored Kuwaiti his­to­rian Saif Mar­zouq Al-Sham­lan for his role in doc­u­ment­ing and pre­serv­ing Ara­bian Gulf history and cul­tural her­itage. This hon­or­ing re­flects the Gulf state’s great appreciation of those who spent much of their life doc­u­ment­ing and pro­mot­ing the Ara­bian Gulf her­itage, Tareq Al-Sham­lan, who rep­re­sented his brother Saif in the cer­e­mony said.

He pointed out that his brother, Saif, has ded­i­cated his life to shed light on the great events and fig­ures as well as the so­cial, cul­tural, artis­tic, etc as­pects of life in Kuwait’s history. This hon­or­ing would have no­table im­pact on the ef­forts to re­vive and pre­serve the rich her­itage of the an­ces­tors, he sug­gested. Di­rec­tor of the QHIC Khaled Al-Mulla said the cer­e­mony is or­ga­nized to show recog­ni­tion of the great con­tri­bu­tions of those pi­o­neers in main­tain­ing the Ara­bian Gulf iden­tity in this glob­al­iza­tion era and open world.

Main panel at the ‘Sci­ences in Is­lamic Civ­i­liza­tion’ con­fer­ence.

Photo shows the au­di­ence dur­ing the ‘Sci­ences in Is­lamic Civ­i­liza­tion’ con­fer­ence

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Na­tional Coun­cil for Cul­ture, Art and Let­ters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Yoha.

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