Oxford University plans to organize Saudi-funded Scientific Chairs Forum

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Marston Road, Oxford. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 04 December 2017
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Oxford University plans to organize Saudi-funded Scientific Chairs Forum

RIYADH: The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, an affiliate of the University of Oxford, is planning to organize the Saudi-funded Scientific Chairs 3rd Forum.
The forum will be held in cooperation with the King Salman Center for the Arab Peninsula History and Civilizations Studies, an affiliate of the Riyadh-based King Saud University (KSU), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Sibaiee, supervisor of the King Salman Center for the Arab Peninsula History and Civilizations Studies, said his organization had received an offer from Oxford University to host the forum.
He said the offer came after the previous forum, which was successfully held at the KSU with the attendance of 22 chairs and centers from renowned US, European and Asian universities.
Oxford is interested in hosting the forum because it is convinced of the importance of such scientific events in the documentation of historical information, Al-Sibaiee added.
He added: “It’s also in recognition of the KSU’s scientific status, and the exchange of experience with scientific incubators in the world.”
Al-Sibaiee pointed out that the request of Oxford to establish this scientific forum confirms the positive results that attracted the attention of scientists during the first and second meetings organized by the KSU.
It is also a recognition of the “prominent role played by the Kingdom in support of scientific incubators wherever they exist.”
The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was established in 1985 to provide a meeting point between Islamic and Western learning.
Through good scholarship, it promotes a more informed understanding of Islam, its culture and civilization and commitment to the advancement of academic excellence in teaching as well as in research.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.