SARAJEVO - The Bosnian capital is hosting the first summer school for Islamic studies, in a bid to offer participants new insights on Islamic traditions, finance and co-existence in Europe.
"We are dealing with different issues of Islamic tradition, through Islamic finance and economics, to the challenges of co-existence in Europe, Ahmed Alibasic, the director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Sarajevo, told the Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday, September 6.
Hosted at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), the International Institute of Islamic Theory (IIIT) picked Bosnia as the venue for its first summer school.
The school aims to offer participants new insights into everything that young Muslim intellectuals need to operate in European intellectual and cultural environment
According to Alibasic, European Muslims were facing two major challenges
Among the basic challenged for Muslims to be integrated in modern European societies, and a challenge for every Muslim to remain faithful to his/her tradition and values.
He also expressed the hope that it will continue to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Central Asia.
The summer school, the first summer school of this kind, runs from 24 August to 7 September.
The calls about integrating Muslims in Europe appeared following 9/11 attacks on the US. Amid such debates, many professors quoted the way Islam is practiced in Bosnia-Herzegovina as the answer for European Muslims.
Bosnia, a small country on the Balkan Peninsula, is home to three ethnic "constituent peoples": mainly Muslim Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.
Out of Bosnia and Herzegovina's nearly 4 million population, some 40 percent are Muslims, 31 percent Orthodox Christians and 10 percent Catholics.
Living with such diversity, a Muslim institution was created which was modeled on the structures of Christian churches.
Afterwards, the role of the Grand Mufti, the leader of Bosnian Muslims, was established.
The IIIT's first summer school will offer students the opportunity to listen to the world-famous and prominent professors and philosophers.
As part of the summer school program, prominent academic and writer Tariq Ramadan held a lecture in which he discussed the concepts of Islam and Islam practice in daily life.
"The time when Muslims should apologize because they are Muslims has gone," said Ramadan.
We in Europe work not to promote Islam but to promote coexistence and richness of diversities.
Other professors and philosophers include Jorgen S. Nielson, Israr Ahmad Khan, Mustafa Ozel, Jonathan AC Brown, Fathi Malkawi, Fathi Malkawi and Abdelwahab El-Affendi.
Prominenet figure, such as Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Hisham Al-Talib, Mehmet Asutay, Muhammad A. Aziz, Jamal Barzinji, Beddy Ebnou, Kathleen Roche-Nagi as well as other local doctors and professors, would attend the event as well.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net