I am very excited to announce that building on a very successful 1st Quran Conference in South Africa during August 2009, we are about to host a 2nd conference on the weekend of March 13 & 14 2010. It will be taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. Aisha Musa will be making the trip to South Africa to speak at the conference. We are also trying to get one or two prominent speakers who could present something via skype. Any ideas or interest in doing so would be welcomed.
The first conference was a getting together of Quran minded people with some informative presentations on a range of topics. The theme was "Towards a Quranic Society". This theme will be maintained at the March conference, having a sub-theme of "A Practical Way Forward". For this reason, the format will vary from that of the initial conference in that much more time will be given to work-shopping practical ways to move the ideas forward through committed individuals & groups.
At the first conference, we used ustream.tv for broadcasting the conference. I'm not sure if anyone from this forum caught the broadcast, but it would be great if we could get more participation via the streaming channel this time. I know that many of the people on this forum are not usually in regular contact face to face, but it would be great if there are some of you that live in close proximity to each other could get together & watch the broadcast live and when we do break up for work-shopping, such a group could do the same & send input live so that you become an integral part of the conference.
If there are any groups out there who are interested in doing this, please let me know so that we can allocate time at the conference for your groups input at each work-shopped session. This does not mean that we don't want individuals watching & providing input. We would like to have as large an audience as possible from the international Quranic community, so please log on & check it out, participate & maybe even initiate steps towards an international conference soon.
Last year we did not use the ustream recording option, but hey, we were new to all this. This year, however, we will be recording the conference so that it is available to view on ustream at your convenience. Having said this, I would like to stress once again the fact that we are hoping for large live audience so that we have as much input as possible.
Just as we did last year, we would like to extend an open invitation to everyone out there to attend the conference if you would like. Just let me know & I can send you a registration form. I know that it is extremely unlikely that people from further away will be able to attend, but we are particularly interested in people from the neighbouring countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Maputo, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia and other parts of Africa. So, if you know anyone in these areas that would like to attend please let them know or forward their details to me so that I can get in touch with them.
We will forward further details in due course regarding streaming & how online participation will take place. I hope to hear from many of you on the weekend of the conference, & maybe a few of you before the conference to let us know that you have a group that would like to participate online.
Below is a bio of Dr. Aisha Musa
Aisha Y. Musa, PhD
Dr. Musa received her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University. She is currently an assistant professor of Islamic Studies in the Religious Studies Department at Florida International University, in Miami. Dr. Musa’s training at Harvard focused on early Islamic scriptural history, specifically the relative authority of the Qur’an and Prophetic Traditions (Hadith). Her book, Hadith as Scripture: Discussions on the Authority of Prophetic Traditions in Islam (Palgrave, 2008), explores the development of the doctrine of duality of revelation and issues surrounding the relative authority of the Qur'an and the Prophetic Traditions (Hadith). Her research and teaching interests extend from the early classical period to the present and include translation of classical Arabic texts, Qur’anic interpretation, women’s issues, and modern day reformist and neo-traditionalist movements.