Islamic Leadership Conference

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programs_islamic-leadership_conference.jpgThe Asian Institute of Management-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides, together with the Institute for Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) and Universitas Paramadina of Indonesia, convened a Regional Conference on Islamic leadership to contribute to the discussions of the state, role, and prospects of Islamic leadership in Southeast Asia. It was held on April 27-28, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila. With an estimated attendance of over a hundred delegates from the local and national governments, academic institutions, religious groups, and civil society organizations of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines came together in vibrant and enlightened discussion on the major issues that confront the various forms leadership at the local, national and regional levels.

What is a good model for the proper and effective exercise of leadership in fostering peace and development in ASEAN's Muslim communities? Given that ASEAN is home to considerable Muslim populations, an estimated 50 percent of the total regional population, a profound and rigorous study of Islamic leadership merits critical consideration when one talks about peace and development in the region.

The Conference aimed to explore the current concepts and practice of Islamic leadership in Muslim communities as well as prospects for improvement within the changing ASEAN context. It became a valuable venue for academicians and practitioners involved in the exercise and study of Islamic leadership to come together as a community for sustaining and bolstering discussions in this field.