From 4th to 6th March 2013
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
Abstract submission: 10th January 2013
Full Paper submission: 10th February 2013
What are the ideas that make sense of our pasts and presents, and those which might shape our futures?
Over the ages scholars have developed concepts and theories, many of which have made extraordinary contributions to social, economic and political life, sometimes under very difficult conditions. If we compare the 60s and the 70s to the present, we can observe an expansion of democratic space. Yet many of us still wonder what kind of nation state governance is most meaningful in the diverse and dynamic contexts of Asia.
We are happy to present the eleventh edition of Constellations. This time we have made the document easier to navigate around.
Drawing on contributions from around the world, this issue we dwell on interlinking issues of faith, education and environment. We feature a review of a new book published by a doctor from the Maldives that contests the God Delusion idea and highlight an initiative that brings together Bangladesh’s scientists to work for the greater good of its people. Reporting back from Ramadhan we feature photo essay on the moon sighting event in Cape Town South Africa, which as always hosts an active and vibrant Muslim community.
Abu Hanifah and Mandy Meikle both address global environmental concerns in their own ways, through climate change deliberations and the growth obsession that the Peak Oil concept points to. We include two pieces from Shafiq Morton that examine recent less-than-graceful incidents at different scales, from hostility to local interfaith encounters to the controversy surrounding that video. For those interested in mind-altering ideas, Alan Rayner details his ‘inclusionality’ perspective on the condition of human estrangement, a tool for complicating simplistic dichotomies.
Historical views of the recent and more distant pasts can remind us not to waste resources on similar mistakes and thoroughly ground any inflated views of our self-importance. The Ayman series continues with a critical appraisal of a large iconic hydroelectric power project in Malaysia. We hope decision-makers, engineers and publics will draw insights from this sad experience. In our journal section we are fortunate to share a study into the first attempt to render the Qur’an into English, the movement of discourse on Islam in 17th Century Britain and its fascinating role in the English Revolution!
We hope you enjoy reading this issue and invite you to extend our readership and authorship.
The IMASE Team
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We are happy to present the tenth issue of Constellations, our journal and newsletter. Click here to download the .pdf file.
This tenth edition features our regular sections together with a special tribute by Abdal Hakim Murad to Khalil Dale, the Red Cross and Red Crescent worker killed in Pakistan earlier this year. Although engineering and science can help us live and function, we believe that beauty and love are what make this life worth living, hence the presence of poetry and quotations of wisdom in this publication. The website highlighted this issue will be of particular interesting to young people contemplating an ethical career in the sciences.
The IMASE Team
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