A Report of the Fifth Pre-Conference seminar, August 13, 2015 in Faculty of Adab and Cultural Science, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta

Is there Organic Relation between Islam and Culture?

As part of series of pre-conference seminars of IC-THuSI 2015, Faculty of Adab and Cultural Science, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta in cooperation with Sadra International Institute, held a seminar under the theme “Is there Organic Relation between Islam and Culture?”. There were six speakers who delivered their papers of presentation, they were Prof. Dr. Dudung Abdurrahman, Dr. Husain Heriyanto, Dr. Muhsin Labib, Dr. Haidar Bagir, Dr. Nurul Hak, and Witriyani MA. The dean of faculty, Dr. Zamzam Afandi, gave an opening speech and told that he was happy to convene the seminar with an interesting and actual theme.

Started at 9 am, this seminar was attended by around 70 participants who were mostly lecturers and researchers; some of them were officials of other facultyy such as Dr. Arqam (the vice dean of faculty of philosophy, UGM). The performance of seminar was high qualified scientifically because each presenter delivered their well-prepared papers (three of which wrote in English). There were a lot of good and sharp questions raised by participants that made long discussion such that the seminar came to the end  at 1 pm, one hour more than schedule.

The first speaker was Dr. Husain Heriyanto who talked about the modes and types of relationship between Islam and culture. He gave some clarification of problems emerged on the issue of Islam and culture in philosophical/epistemological perspective and criticized Salafy as well as liberal thought. . The second speaker was Dr. Muhsin Labib who delivered a speech about the importance of logic for clarifying problems arised in religious affairs. He debunked literal, narrow-minded, and one-sided interpretation of Islamic teachings.

The third speaker was Prof. Dr. Dudung Abdurrahman who spoke about the characteristic of Islamic teachings disseminated in Indonesia especially in the early history, which was influenced strongly by tasawwuf. He said that tasawwuf could adopt and assimilate local culture. The fourth speaker was Dr. Haidar Bagir who delivered a lecture on “Islam Nusantara”. He explained that Islam as a religion consisting the universal teachings was not only able to be compatible with culture, but it also should took culture into account as manifestation of religious teachings.

The fifth speaker was Dr. Nurul Hak who spoke about the possibility of integration between Islamic religious studies and cultural ones. The sixth speaker was Ms. Witriyani MA, who delivered a paper on the coverage of Islamic cultura in media.