The Opening Session took place on 7th September at Bahcesehir University with a welcome speech by the deputy Rector Professor Dr. Ali Gungor. In his opening remarks Dr. Anas al‐Shaikh‐Ali focused on the Role of Education and the Relevance of the Silk Route to Modern Times. Dr Abubaker Shingeiti spoke on the Aims and vision of the IIIT Summer School Project. The theme of Education continued with Dr. AbdulHamid AbuSulayman speaking on Islamic Worldview and Educational Reform, and Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Islamic Education – Past, Present and the Future: The Need for Reform.Finally, and ending the first day’s sessions, Professor Bekir Karliga spoke on The Muslim World and a New Perception of Civilization, Dr Ahmet Alibasic onDifferent Approaches to the Crisis of Muslim Societies, and Dr. Yaqub Mirza on Five Pillars of Prosperity.
Since then presentations have also been made by Dr. Abdelwahab El‐Affendi, Dr. Hisham Altalib, Dr. Mehmet Asutay, Mr. Wadah Khanfar, Dr. Mustafa Ozel and Prof. Dr. Recep Senturk.
The Summer School ended on 20th September with the presentation of a certificate of attendance to the participants.
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