The IUR Rector Prof. Akgunduz has presented a paper in International Conference on: Islamic university education in Russia and its surrounding areas and signed a cooperation agreement with Tatar State University of Humanities and Education
(Russian Islamic University, Kazan, Tatarstan: 27-30 September 2009)
The Russian Federation, like a great number of Eastern and Central European countries, is characterized by the existence of original Muslim communities whose roots stretch deep in history and who have the same racial and linguistic features as the populations of the area. Unlike West European countries, the presence of Muslims in these areas is not a new phenomenon brought about by what is currently known as international migration which was the inevitable result of colonization and industrial revolution and their implications on the demographic movement during the last century. Indeed, these transformations have substantially contributed to reshaping the demographic structure in European countries which have all turned into multicultural societies. This situation pushed these countries to devise plans and strategies aimed at dissolving Muslim communities at the social, cultural and educational levels and integrate them, willingly or unwillingly, in the existing systems together with their secular trends and positivist philosophy. This led to the emergence of opposition tendencies to the policies of exclusion and marginalization, and the upsurge of strong sentiments towards cultural specificities and the right to difference. These tendencies did not, however, entail a preference for introversion or isolation from the surrounding environment.
In consideration of the leading role and civilizational mission that educational institutions in Central and Eastern Europe have been performing, particularly in the Russian Federation; and believing in the necessity to upgrade the level of higher education in this area and support its civilizational mission, the General Secretariat of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ISESCO- and the Russian Islamic University will hold the international conference on Islamic university education in Russia and its surrounding areas.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Akgunduz has presented a paper under the title “The Role of Higher Education on Muslim Minorities in European Countries” and focused on that through academic education and research, the IUR aims at contributing to the concretization of the following anthological synthesis: “Live as a Muslim and as a responsible citizen of the Dutch society.”
Prof. Akgunduz has signed a cooperation agreement with Tatar State University of Humanities and Education