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Activities Related to Combating Violence Extremism, Peace

and women issues


Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)
Introduction
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT) is an independent think-tank organization which is engaged in
research and in-depth studies for synthesizing education, culture and ethics. It was established in the year 1989 as a
non-government organization. It is functioning as Bangladesh Chapter of International Institute of Islamic Thought
(IIIT), USA with a goal of Reconstruction of Thought and Integration of Knowledge.

Events:
Seminar on ‘Civilization Dialogue’
Regional Interfaith Dialogue on ‘Peace Development
and South Asia: The Role of Religion’

Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT) and A Seminar on „Civilization Dialogue‟ was held on
the American Center Dhaka jointly organized a 04 November 2000 at Conference Room of BIIT.
Regional Interfaith Dialogue on ‘Peace Development Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, Chairperson, International
and South Asia: The Role of Religion’. The program Movement for a Just World, Malaysia was present
was held during 10-11 July 2006 at CIRDAP as a Key Speaker while Prof. Dr. Shamsher Ali,
Auditorium, Dhaka. Renowned academicians, the Chairman of BIIT and former Vice-Chancellor of
representative of different religions including Muslims, Bangladesh Open University acted as a Chairman in
Hindus, Christians, Buddhist, and others participated in the seminar. The seminar mainly explored some
the dialogue. The dialogue mainly prompted to find out common ground and harmony among different
common space among all religions in forms of beliefs, civilizations across the world. The discussion also
practices with collective ambition to peace. The included a number of issues including
dialogues also focused on the issues of religious Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism which are on
tolerance, harmony and peaceful coexistence in the rise across the world.
multicultural society like Bangladesh.
Seminar on ‘Terrorism & Violence in Islamic Peace Corner at BIIT
Points of View’

A Seminar on „Terrorism & Violence in Islamic


Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)
Points of View‟ was held on 0 3 December 2001 at
opened a special center named „Peace Corner‟ in
Conference Room of BIIT. Dr. Aftab Ahmad,
2018. This is mainly a special cell of BIIT research
Professor of Political Science, University of Dhaka
network that is dedicated to mainly work on peace
was present as a Key Speaker while Prof. Dr.
related issues including violence, extremism,
Shamsher Ali, Chairman of BIIT and former Vice-
terrorism, conflicts and mitigation approaches. Peace
Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University acted as a
corner opened a special section in BIIT Library and
Chairman in the seminar. The seminar covered a
Resource Center. It is situated in the 4th floor of BIIIT
range of issues related to terrorism including religious
building at Uttara. Mr. Abdus Sabur, the founder
extremist ideas, extremist‟s religious interpretations
secretary general of Thailand based organizations
and extremists‟ organizations in Bangladesh. It also
Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) and Association of
suggested some measures to combat against terrorism
Muslim Action Network (AMAN) inaugurated this
in Islamic point of view.
corner. During inauguration Mr. Abds Sabur said that
peace is universal and peace is needed for everyone in
Seminar on ‘World after 9/11: Towards a the world, so everybody should take initiatives to
New Arrangement’ ensure peace in our mind, in our family, in our society
and all over the world. Among others Professor
Maimul Ahsan Khan, Professor of the Department of
Law at University of Dhaka and all officials of the
BIIT were present at inauguration program.

Peace corner organizes workshops, seminars, and


roundtable discussions and conduct research to
promote tolerance, peace, harmony and peaceful
coexistence in the society. It has enriched collections
The Chittagong chapter o f B a n g l a d e s h in its library section including books, journals and
I n s t i t u t e o f I s l a m i c Thought (BIIT) reports of renowned publishers of home and
organized a seminar o n “World after 9/11: abroad. It also publishes special bulletins, conference
reports and articles regularly.
Towards a New Arrangement” on May 10,
2002 at Chittagong. The participants of the
seminar talk about the emergence of religious
extremism globally and the effects of this on to
Bangladesh and across the world as well.
Seminar on ‘Feminism as Islamophobia’ find out the main problems to empower a woman in
our society and provided possible solutions.

National Seminar on ‘Human Rights: Different


Dimensions’

A seminar titled “Feminism as Islamophobia” was


held at the Conference Hall of BIIT on 23 August
2011. Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hasan of Department of
English Language and Literature, International
Islamic University Malaysia was the key-note
speaker. About 70 (seventy) distinguished A national seminar on „Human Rights: Different
academicians were present in the seminar. The Dimension‟ was held on 25 August 1996 at a Hotel in
discussant of the seminar talked about the Dhaka. Justice Mustafa Kamal, Bangladesh Supreme
privileges of women in Islam in terms of worth and Court Appellate Division was present as a Chief
dignity. It also figured out some misperceptions Guest in the seminar. The seminar highlighted the
and malpractices in the Muslim society about human rights situation situation of Bangladesh and
women that have no relation with Islam. contemporary global order. It also indicated some
challenges that undermine the dreams to have
Conference on ‘Women and Islam: Towards equitable justice in the society.
Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals
Intellectual discourse on ‘Human Rights of
(SDGs)’
Rohingya Muslim and International Law’

Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)


organized a conference at its Conference Hall on
„Women and Islam towards Achieving UN Bangladesh Institute of Islamic thought (BIIT)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)‟ on the organized a lecture program on „Human Rights of
occasion of International Women‟s Day on March 08, Rohingya Muslim and International Law‟ on March
2018. Dr. Nasima Hasan, President of Witness, an 11, 2017 in the BIIT Conference Hall. Prof. Maimul
online think-tank group presented a paper titled Ahsan Khan, Department of Law, Dhaka University
„Women in Development: Islamic Perspective‟. and a senior academic research fellow of BIIT
Faculties of different universities, scholars and NGO delivered his specialized lecture. Prof. Khan described
activists participated in the conference. The the different types of violence of human rights against
conference included a number of issues related to Rohingya Muslim. Academicians, researchers and
SDGs and the position of Islam to get contrition from students from different universities were the audience
women. The conference accepted the neesecity of of the program.
women‟s contribution towards achieving SDGs and
figured out the legality of that from Islamic view
point. All the speakers of the conference also tried to
Roundtable discussion on ‘The plight of Roingyas: Seminar on ‘Issues in Freedom and Choice’
Our Roles and Responsibilities’

Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought BIIT A Seminar on „Issues in Freedom and Choice‟ was held
organized a roundtable discussion titled „The plight of on 05 July 2003 at Conference Room of BIIT. Dr.
Rohingyas: Or Roles and Responsibilities‟ on Mohamad Omar Faruque, Associate professor of
December 9, 2018. Professor Dr. Maimul Ahsan Economics and Finance, Upper LOWA University,
Khan, University of Dhaka was the moderator of the USA was present in the seminar as key paper presenter
program. Faculties of different public and private
while Shah Abdul Hannan, President of BIIT acted as
universities, scholars and students from different
university participated in the roundtable discussion. the Moderator of the seminar. The discussant
The discussion covered a number of issues related to exclusively focused on the teaching of Quran and
Rohingya refugee crisis and the roles and Sunnah which offers human being the freedom of
responsibility of Bangladesh in Humanitarian thinking as well as to take rational decision.
viewpoint.

Lecture on ‘Reflection on Islam and Democracy’ Workshop on ‘Consultation on Transformation of


Governance’

A lecture program on „Reflection on Islam and


Democracy‟ was held during 10-11 July 2007 at BIIT Dr. M. Abdul Aziz, Executive Director of BIIT
auditorium, Dhaka. Mr. Michael Novak, A noted attended a workshop titled „Consultation on
American Religious Philosopher was present as a Transformation of Governance‟ from August 19 to 20,
Keynote speaker in the lecture. The discussion has 2018 at International Institute of Peace and
included a range of issues regarding Islam including Development Studies (IIPDS), Bangkok, Thailand. In
the special provisions for freedom of expression,
the workshop Dr. Aziz, the executive director of BIIT
freedom of religion and peace. Academicians,
scholars from different grounds and institutions as presented a paper titled „Hudaybiyyah Pact: First
well as students from different universities were Peace Treaty of Human History‟.
present at the program.
Status of ‘Religions in the United States’ oriented education which prepares the students more
competitive to face the challenges of 21st centuries.

Seminar on ‘Inclusive Development from South


Asian Economic Perspective’

A seminar on „State of Religions in the United States‟


was held on 08 December 1996 at Bansdoc
Auditorium, Dhaka. Dr. David E Harrel, Professor of
Auburn University, Alabama, USA was present as a
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)
keynote Speaker in the seminar. The discussion
included different issues related to the religious organized a seminar titled „Inclusive Development
pluralism and multicultural atmosphere of America. from South Asian Economic Perspective‟ on January
Some other academicians from the University of
Dhaka, diplomats and scholars were also present at 5, 2018 in its Conference Hall at Uttara. Prof. Ataul
the seminar. Huq Pramanik, retired Professor of the Department of
Economics of International Islamic University
Workshop on ‘Madrasha Education system in
Bangladesh Moving Forward: Observations from Malaysia (IIUM) was the keynote speaker in the
Singapore’ seminar. The discussion covered a range of topics
related to inclusive development, quality education,
health security, employment creation and
environmental protection. Eminent academicians,
experts and fellows of BIIT were present at the
seminar.

Meeting with Nobel Laureate Dr Yunus on Social


Business

Bangladesh Institute of Islamic thought (BIIT) and the


American Center, Dhaka jointly organized a
workshop titled „Madrasha Education system in
Bangladesh Moving Forward: Observations from
Singapore‟. The workshop was held at BIAM, Dhaka
on 19 March 2011. Renowned academicians presented
their paper and participated on the discussion. The
teachers from different madrashas (both Alia and
Qurani Systems) and religious educationists attended
The Yunus Centre organized a views exchange
the workshop. The discussion focused on the
necessity to reform Madrasha education systems meeting with Noble Laureate Dr Yunus at their own
including its curriculum, teaching techniques. It
office in honor of Malaysian Delegates in the noon on
emphasized on the formulation and application of life
February 20, 2019. The BIIT delegates were headed
by Dr. M. Abdul Aziz, the executive director of BIIT. Follow-up workshop on SDGs from Faith
perspective
Noble Laureate Dr Yunus mentioned the concept,
impact and involvement of social business for the
economic development all over the world. At the end
of the meeting Dr. M. Abul Aziz handed over a token
of appreciation to the noble laureate.
Conference on ‘The Role of Faith-based
Organizations in Promoting Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)’

Bangladesh Institute of Islamic thought (BIIT)


organized a follow-up workshop on “SDGs from
Faith perspective” with the collaboration of
Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) and Asian
Muslim Action Network (AMAN), Thailand on
April 4, 2018 at the BIIT Conference Hall. The
conference was designed mainly to talk about the
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic thought (BIIT) issues related to SDGs including poverty
organized a Conference o n “The Role of Faith-based alleviation, mitigation of inequality, inequity and
Organizations in Promoting Sustainable Development social injustice, confirmation of people‟s
Goals (SDGs)” with the collaboration of Asian democratic rights and hopes. It was a follow up
Resource Foundation (ARF) and Asian Muslim program of BIIT organized conference on ‘The
Action Network (AMAN), Thailand on April 15, 2017 Role of Faith-based Organizations in
at the BIIT Conference Hall. The leaders of different Promoting Sustainable Development Goals
religions such as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, (SDGs)’ in 2017. Mr. Abdus Sabur, the
the representative from UNDP and NGOs were
present at the conference. A good number of founder secretary general of Asian Resource
academicians, researchers, and young scholars Foundation (ARF) and Association of
presented their paper in the conference. The Muslim Action Network (AMAN), along
Conference was mainly designed to talk about peace, with many eminent academicians and
equity, inclusivity and justice in the society with a scholars participated at workshop. The
special reference to UN Sustainable Development
Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore the participants of the program emphasized over
participants of the conference are committed to work the essence of having role of Faith Based
with the document of SDGs in order to promote Organization (FBOs) in implementing SDGs.
sustained and inclusive economic growth, social
development and environmental protection that will
benefit the present and the future generations of the
world.
Intellectual Discourse on ‘State Secular Identity Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)
VS Muslim Ethnic Identity: The Case of Nepal’ organized an Intellectual Discourse on „State Secular
Identity vs Muslim Ethnic Identity: The Case of
Nepal‟ in the Conference Hall on March 31, 2018.
Mr. Vijay Parsad Jayshwal, faculty member,
Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal, delivered his
intellectual idea in the discourse session. The
faculties of Dhaka University, BUET and other
different universities were present at the program.
The discussant mainly figured out the nature of
secular identity of a state with especial reference to
compare with Muslim ethnic identity. He
exemplified the discourse with referencing state
policy of Nepal.

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Partnership and Collaboration
Herndon,
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), USA Virginia,
USA
Dhaka,
American Center, Dhaka Bangladesh

Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) Thailand

Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Indonesia

University of Dhaka Dhaka,


Bangladesh
Bloomington
Indiana University, USA , Indiana,
USA

Virginia University, USA Virginia,


USA

Islamic University of Technology (IUT), OIC Gazipur,


Dhaka

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Selangor,


Malaysia
BIIT and IIIT Publications:
Contact information:
Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought (BIIT)
House # 4, Road # 2, Sector # 9,
Uttara Model Town, Dhaka-1230.
Phone: +88 02- 58957509, 58954256
Web addresses: www.iiitbd.org
Email: biit_org@yahoo.com, info@iiitbd.org

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