‘Impact of science in Islamic culture’
Minister stresses importance of upgrading message of art, media
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.