Darah, Jamia project to compile data on South Asia Haj pilgrims

Updated 07 March 2014
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Darah, Jamia project to compile data on South Asia Haj pilgrims

A workshop was organized by King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), Riyadh, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, to prepare a comprehensive encyclopedia of Haj pilgrims and pilgrimage from South Asian countries.
Speaking to Arab News, the organizers said on Tuesday that the workshop was organized in Jamia Millia last week in collaboration with the King Abdul Aziz foundation in which 32 prominent scholars, academics and researchers from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives, participated.
All of them are experts on past and present Haj management from their countries, and they strongly felt the need to compile the information and bring it out in the form of a comprehensive encyclopedia.
Earlier, Jamia was identified as the nodal agency from South Asian countries to coordinate the compilation of this encyclopedia in an agreement signed more than a year ago by its Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung and the King Abdul Aziz Foundation.
The Indian contingent of Haj pilgrims remained the largest till the partition of India in 1947 with the separation of Pakistan. Even today India sends the second largest number of pilgrims to perform Haj after Indonesia.
A senior professor at Jamia’s Islamic studies center, in an e-mail reply to Arab News, said: “A lot of material on Indian pilgrims’ journeys to Makkah Mukarramah and Madina Munawwarah is scattered over different parts of the Indian sub-continent and other countries of South Asia in the form of travelogues, details of Haj endowments, systems of transportations, medical facilities for Hajis and their departure and arrival arrangements since ages. It will be properly documented now.”
Founded in 1972 by a royal decree to serve the history of the Kingdom, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Arab and Islamic world, Darah is managed by a board of directors chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.
Popularly known as Darah, the foundation manages the historical sources, makes it available for researchers and publishes specialized versions besides running several centers including the Makkah center, the Madinah research and studies center, royal family’s history documenting center and Arab Gulf and East of the Arabian Peninsula history center in Dammam.


Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday. (AFP)
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Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • The foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum will open in Riyadh on Wednesday with an eye on the future, reflected in the theme for the third annual event: “Skills for Our Tomorrow.” 

The theme is very much in keeping with the aim of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011 to develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy.

Also at this year’s forum, the foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries.

Since its first year in 2016, the forum has become an anticipated event for young Saudis, who get to connect with leaders and innovators from around the world in a series of workshops and panels.

“In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors,” Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s program lead, explains on the website.

“Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

Each year, MGF chooses a different theme. In 2016, it was “Young Leaders Together,” aimed at empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the region, while in 2017 it was “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” 

Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday, but workshops and panels will address three key points: Thriving as adaptable individuals, adjusting to the human-machine partnership and revamping uniquely human collaboration. 

These are broken down into five core skills that will enhance the way young people live and work in the future: Novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.   

More than 3,500 delegates and 100 speakers are expected to attend this year’s forum at Four Seasons Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday.