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HBKU’s CMCC names 7 winners of undergraduate essay competition

HBKU’s CMCC names 7 winners of undergraduate essay competition

Tribune News Network
Doha
The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has announced the winners of the undergraduate essay competition held by its Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization (CMCC).
The biennial competition, first held in 2017, reflects a commitment by the CMCC to creating and raising awareness among young people about the contributions Muslims have made to human civilisation. In doing so, the competition is also designed to disseminate a culture of research and instil a greater sense of civilisational responsibility among undergraduate students. Awards with prize money ranging from $2,000 and $10,000 are given to the winning Arabic and English language submissions.
The subject of this year’s competition was ‘Muslim Intellectual Life in 2nd Century Hijri/8th Century CE Baghdad’. Participants were tasked to centre their submissions around a range of themes, including religion and ethics, literature and poetry, architecture, and political thought and governance.
In response, the CMCC attracted submissions from across 10 countries, with the following participants receiving awards for their work: Samia Aissaoui (Algeria); Ian Greer (Canada); Zeinab Ghaedi (Iran); Remilekun Fasanya (Nigeria); Berke Cetinkaya (Turkey); Umran Khan and Edward Taylor (both from the UK).
Prof Aisha Al Mannai, director of CMCC, said: “We were delighted with the eclectic and international mix of submissions on this year’s theme. The calibre and quality of all essays were extremely high and selecting winning entries was by no means an easy task. However, what set our winners apart was the diversity of sources used to inform the style, structure and clarity of their submissions. The fact that some of our winners are non-Muslims also reflects that interest in Muslim contributions to civilisation remains high in many parts of the world.
“We are hopeful that such competitions and other academic activities of CMCC would enhance the realisation of our primary objective of creating awareness about the contribution of Islam and Muslims to civilisation among the youth and academics alike. Ultimately, we’d like to thank everyone who submitted essays for this year’s competition. Researching, developing and putting ideas to paper could not have been easy under the current circumstances. We look forward to holding our next competition under more favourable conditions.”
More information on CMCC is available at https://www.hbku.edu.qa/en/cis/center/cmcc.

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