GLOBAL WASATIYYAH SUMMIT Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 31

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
July 31 – August 2, 2015
Organized by
International Institute of Wasatiyyah (IIW)
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Kuala Lumpur Campus, Malaysia
Wasatiyyah (Eng. moderation) is an Arabic term, which refers to individual or group
characteristics as being moderate and balanced. It also means an attitude, which is
contrary to being in the state of excessiveness and extremism. There have been a number
of terminologies associated with Wasatiyyah, as in the English literature, such as
moderation, mainstream, intermediacy, middle path, midpoint, reasonable, rational,
acceptable, common, and many others. For Muslims, the history of Wasatiyyah is rooted
in the Qur’an, which describes Muslims as a global community justly balanced. In
essence, the application of Wasatiyyah leads to enjoy social justice, freedom, equality,
and to seek a middle path among all citizens, regardless of their ethno-religious
In today’s world, religious tolerance is of utmost importance where individuals need to
learn, recognize and understand the religious and racial differences that exist among them
while living in peace and harmony. Can moderation be applied as a “missing-link” to
maintain social justice and peaceful coexistence in contemporary societies? This and
other questions have been of paramount importance in the minds of many social
scientists, intellectuals, policymakers and religious leaders, who felt the increasing calls
by “religious” groups for a greater political role in shaping their own destiny. The Global
Wasatiyyah (moderation) Summit aims to address such concerns and challenges, and be a
platform through which scholars and researchers can debate multidisciplinary issues, and
provide rational policy-oriented recommendations. The Summit’s theme will be focused
on “The Application of Religious Moderation in Contemporary Society.”
In addition, the Kuala Lumpur’s Summit on moderation offers a first-time venue
to scholarly examine perceptions and understandings of Wasatiyyah, in the global
context. It is an essential and timely needed gathering, both in and outside the Muslim
world. This multidisciplinary educational Summit will be organized by The International
Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and its subsidiary the International Institute of
Wasatiyyah (IIW).
The main objective of the multidisciplinary Global Wasatiyyah Summit or moderation is
to initiates a response to the challenges faced by modern societies, and hope to become a
"stepping stone" for further intellectual gatherings. Another objective of the Summit is to
educate public and policymakers on the role moderation can play in the global level. In
specific, the objectives of the Summit are:
 To create awareness on the importance of moderation and its leading, dynamic
and progressive roles in contemporary society.
 To establish networks with all sectors of learned institutions, Wasatiyyah centres,
forums, organizations, associations, and leading personalities, on the global level.
 To explore recent multidisciplinary researches related to moderation and the rules
it plays to unify the un-unified world.
 To provide a tangible model of global moderation which transcends economic,
political, ethnic, linguistic, religious, cultural, and geographical barriers.
Summit Theme:
“The Application of Religious Moderation in Contemporary Society”
Summit Subthemes:
 Historical dimensions
 Philosophical dimensions
 Sociological dimensions
 Psychological dimensions
 Legal dimensions
 Economical dimensions
 Political dimensions
 Medical dimensions
 Educational Institutions
 Theological Interpretations
 International relations
 Global Conflict Resolutions
 Social Media and Technology Utilizations
 Gender Issues
 Youth Challenges
 World Religions perspectives
Summit Language:
The Summit language is English.
Paper Format:
Paper’s format will be posted around the end of January 2015.
Registration Fees:
 USD 300 for participants from outside of Malaysia
 RM 500 for participants within Malaysia
 RM 300 for students (with valid student ID from any Malaysian academic
 RM 200 for IIUM students (with valid student ID)
Note: Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
Who is expected to attend?
The Summit is open, but not limited to, for submissions to scholars in the fields of social
sciences and humanities. All intended participants are welcome, particularly members of
the academic communities including postgraduate students, policymakers, religious
leaders, NGOs, and diplomats.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Organizing Committee:
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Possible publication of selected peer-refereed papers, presented at the Summit, is
Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Academic Advisor:
Prof. M. Kamal Hassan
International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
IIUM KL-Campus
Prof. Dr. Ahmad F. Yousif
International Institute of Wasatiyyah (IIW)
IIUM KL-Campus
No. 26, Persiaran Duta, Taman Duta
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6036207-3500 (DL)
Fax: +6036207-3477
e-Mail: [email protected]
Call for Papers
The International Institute of Wasatiyyah (IIW) is delighted to announce the upcoming
Global Summit on Wasatiyyah, with a theme on: “The Application of Religious
Moderation in Contemporary Society.” As the first scholarly initiative of its kind, the
Summit will examine the phenomenon of religious “moderation” and its application from
within multiple disciplinary perspectives (i.e. historical, philosophical, anthropological,
sociological, political, economic, legal and theological, etc.).
The Summit provides a platform to examine perceptions and understandings of
moderation in global perspective. It is an essential and timely needed scholarly gathering,
both in and outside the Muslim world. The main objective of the multidisciplinary Global
Summit on moderation is to respond to the challenges faced by modern societies, which
may lead to become a "stepping stone" for further research, in addition to educate public
policymakers on the role moderation can play in the society.
The Organizing Committee of the Summit is welcoming proposals on research topics that
examine the application of Wasatiyyah or moderation within an academic discipline
framework, related but not limited to humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Submission Information
Papers can be submitted through mail or e-mail. Submission of papers should include:
1. Cover page (containing: title, participant’s name and institutional affiliation,
participant’s e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers if available)
2. Abstract (300 words maximum)
3. Biographical statement of participant that describes research interests and recent
publications (200 words maximum)
4. Please send your particulars directly to Prof. Ahmad Yousif, Director,
International Institute of Wasatiyyah (IIW), at [email protected]
or to the above Secretariat address.
Important dates:
November 1, 2014:
January 1, 2015:
February 1, 2015:
July 31- August 2, 2015:
Deadline for abstract submission
Confirmation of abstract acceptance
Deadline for paper submission
The Global Wasatiyyah Summit
Note: All submissions are subject for evaluation by the academic committee.