Forum to focus on Islam-West cultural ties



RIYADH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Saturday 29 December 2012

Last update 29 December 2012 6:09 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

The Prince Salman Chair for the History and Civilization of the Arabian Peninsula will organize a forum for Saudi chairs and scientific centers abroad to discuss relations between Islamic and Western cultures on Jan. 5.
A number of scientific chairs and centers that the Kingdom supports financially in countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and Russia will participate in this forum.
Participants will discuss ways to strengthen the channels of interaction between the Islamic and Western cultures. They will also discuss investments in various forms of knowledge-based channels for the exchange of expertise and contributions to enrich knowledge.
“The Ministry of Higher Education conducted a number of field studies to shape a scientific vision for the cooperation of Saudi chairs and knowledge-based centers abroad with Saudi universities. Such a cooperation would strengthen various forms of scientific interaction that would serve Saudi specialists and students in different fields,” Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said yesterday.
The Prince Salman Chair was launched in December 2009, when an agreement was signed between King Saud University and King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), an organization dedicated to in-depth study and research in history, geography, literature and heritage of Saudi Arabia, and other Arab and Muslim countries.
The chair supports researchers and postgraduate students in the history of the Arabian Peninsula. It organizes and supports international seminars, publishes research findings and establishes research partnerships with other academic centers of history.
The chair also hopes to ultimately fulfill its vision of achieving international leadership in the academic studies of Islamic and Arab civilizations and history.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, donated $ 270,000 to the chair recently. Abdullah Al-Subaiy, the chair’s supervisor, said the crown prince’s support would lead to significant scientific breakthroughs in the quest for knowledge involving the history of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula.
The money will serve to provide 10 annual grants to graduate students from universities within the Kingdom and abroad. The recipients will also receive acknowledgement certificates and medals bearing the chair’s logo.
The fund would also be invested for the best Ph.D. and Master's theses and also for scientific research projects within the Deanship of Scientific Studies Program ‘Daem’ (supporter).
A recent publication of the chair is “The History of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula in Portuguese Documents,” which contains Arabic translations of 131 Portuguese documents written between 1508 and 1568.
The chair participated in a seminar on the Arabian Peninsula and the Greek and Byzantine Worlds hosted by King Saud University in 2010.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

ALKHOBAR: A power failure at the King Fahd Causeway on Wednesday night resulted in a massive traffic congestion, even as officials failed to explain the cause of the snag, local media reported.A power outage for 74 minutes on the link between the Kin...
JEDDAH: A female Saudi lawyer was able to get a stay order on a ruling by the general court in Jeddah that awarded custody of a two-year-old girl to her father. She successfully argued to get the court order reversed that gave custody back to the mot...
JEDDAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) said that combating harassment cases is part of its responsibility to promote Islamic values and morals in society.“Those harassing women will be brought to book,” s...
RIYADH: A thick layer of sand covered the city’s skyline on Saturday with a heavy blanket of dust caused by strong winds hampering visibility and creating traffic snarls on busy roads.The traffic department advised motorists to drive slowly and exerc...
JEDDAH: More than 26 million Umrah pilgrims and worshippers visited the Grand Mosque during the month of Ramadan and in the first few days after Eid Al-Fitr, thanks to a smooth transport arrangement under the guidance of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-...
AL-AHSA: An outbreak of lumpy skin disease (LSD) has been discovered in cattle in Al-Ahsa which is an area with many cows. All necessary measures have been taken to protect the livestock, said Mahmoud Al-Shuaibi of the Agriculture Department in Al-Ah...
RIYADH: An architectural masterpiece — the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center (KAHC) — in Riyadh is a huge complex dedicated solely to collecting, preserving, promoting and showcasing the history and heritage of Saudi Arabia. The KAHC is a three milli...
RIYADH: The Saudi Blind Society (Kafif) has made all preparations for the three-day workshop for the blind to be held here next week and attended by delegates from various Asian countries.Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Shuwaiman, Kafif director general, th...
JEDDAH: The number of Saudis who took early retirement schemes last year stood at 38,647, the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has said. The Eastern Provinces got the lion's share of disbursements for retirees, amounting to SR3.8 bill...
JEDDAH: Meat and poultry topped the list of food items seized by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) at the border crossings for violating the health standards in the last two months.Approximately 267,137 kg of unfit meat and poultry were reject...
JEDDAH: Many sponsors and workers of small companies are struggling to get a comparatively cheaper health cover for renewal of iqama (residential permit) as the insurance companies have stopped issuing the same.The passport department has made it com...
RIYADH: Police have detained 11 Indonesian nationals, who arrived in the holy city of Makkah for Umrah a few days back.The Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry is working closely with the Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah to assist the group of citizen...
JEDDAH: The National Committee for Bakeries at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) said this Haj season would see no shortage in supplies of bakery items.The committee said there was need to increase operational labor by about 20 percent.It confirmed...
JEDDAH: Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Al Hamzi, director general of prisons, has sacked Brig. Ahmad Al Shahrani, director of Jeddah prisons, after the case of a video clip about prisoners taking heroin went viral, according to local media.Quoting informed source...
JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal met with leaders of security forces in the region on Thursday to discuss future plans and mechanisms to limit infiltrators from entering the holy sites via land passageways during Haj.During the meeting, he...

Stay Connected

Facebook