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Ashraf Siddiqui
The first part of the Arabic language ‘Mosuaat Al Istagraab’ (Encyclopedia To Know About West) was launched at the Diplomatic Club Doha on Monday.
Those present on the occasion were Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi; Deputy Speaker of Shura Council HE Dr Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti; Undersecretary, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Prof Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Naimi; President of Qatar University Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham; Dean of Faculty of Sharia and Islamic Studies (CISS) at Qatar University Dr Ibrahim Abdullah Al Ansari; Dr Ezzeddin Maameash, ISESCO Chair at Qatar University; Acting Director-General of Al Jazeera Network Mustafa Souag and a number of scholars, officials and guests.
Talking to Qatar Tribune, Dr Ansari, Dean of CISS said, “The first part of encyclopedia consisting of topics on history, culture, traditions, various beliefs and other areas of Western countries was launched today.”
He said the College of Islamic Sharia and Studies (CISS) of Qatar University has completed research work with the support and collaboration of Qatar University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and Qatar Committee for Alliance of Civilizations.
He said that research work compiled under the supervision of CISS in Arabic language and spread over nearly 1,700 pages in four volumes is a dedicated work of 85 researchers who took five years to complete this unique and first-ever work of its level in the region.
“The work on first part of the encyclopedia was initially started in 2017 and we held a number of workshops for researchers in creating methodology, framework, terminologies and forming various teams in this regard,” he said.
“Today, we have released the first part of the encyclopedia, which consists of general information about Western world. We will continue working on our research on six to eight specific fields. Once the most important area is finalised, hopefully by 2023, the research teams will resume their work.”
He added that the first part of encyclopedia will soon be released to the market.
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