Susan Scollay, PhD, FRAS, is an independent art historian and curator who specialises in the Islamic world, with a focus on the art and architecture of the Ottoman Empire. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a contributing editor to the London-based journal, HALI: textiles, carpets and Islamic art.

‘ʿIlm and the ‘architecture of happiness’: the Ottoman imperial palace at Edirne/Adrianople, 1451–1877′   The fifteenth-century imperial palace at Edirne/Adrianople in Thrace had no precedent in the Ottoman realm. Illustrated manuscripts collected by the sultans point to the key role played by knowledge of literature and cultural models from elsewhere in the Islamic world in the emerging aesthetics (ʿilm al-djamal) of the House of Osman.

Faris Hajamaideen, PhD, has been teaching History and Theory of Ideas at the Singapore Polytechnic since 2002. His continuing research interest is in the study of how the measure of the human body is a pregnant potential for architectural imaginings. Faris currently heads the School of Digital Media and Information Technology at the Singapore Polytechnic.

‘Suhrawardī and the Illuminated Temple of the Human Body’   This paper seeks to study Suhrawardī’s (d. 1208) selective use of architectural imagery in explaining his Illuminationist philosophy. In this we find revealed how intimately the cosmos, the human body and architecture are linked.

S.M.Mehboobul Hassan Bukhari, PhD, is a lecturer in Philosophy in University of Karachi, Pakistan. His research interests include Critical Theory, Postcolonialism, South Asian Islam. His paper “Social Sciences in South Asian Islam: Some Lessons for the Muslim World” recently published in THuSI, Vol. 1, No. (1) pp. 54 – 61, May 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia.

‘Rethinking Islam and Science: Harmonies and Conflicts’   This study hypothesizes that the attempts of Nasr and Sardar to Islamize science has been commodified by Hardt and Negri’s ‘Empire’. Their sciences, though contrary to each other, have, I shall argue, failed to transcend Eurocentrism and imperialism. These projects appear to be reactionary against the West.

Caitilin de Bérigny, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Design Lab at The University of Sydney. Her research in interaction design seeks to engage users in urban space. Caitilin is leading the Health & Creativity Node at the Charles Perkins Centre. Caitilin has been awarded numerous grants, including an ARC Discovery 2016, she has exhibited and published widely.

‘Space and spatial thinking in Islam, the case of the Medina of Tunis’   In the global age of the 21st century, an age of technology and frenzied consumerism, originality seems to be very linked to “modern” interventions that are non-traditional leaving behind the fully charged Islamic traditions. This paper will attempt to suggest new ways of revisiting heritage based on reconceptualising Dar Lasrem. Al khayal, imagination, and al Ibda, creativity, will be the foundations linking the past and the future of Islamic dwellings.

Selen Morkoç, PhD, is a writer and critic who has taught art and architecture in Turkey and Australia. She is the author of the Ottoman Narratives on Architecture: Text, Context and Hermeneutics (2010, Academica Press). Her recent co-authored book on contemporary architecture was published by Thames & Hudson (London) in 2014.

‘Constructing Architectural Metaphors on Slippery Ground: An Interpretation of social space in the 17th century Ottoman Istanbul’   This paper is a comparative interpretation of social space as represented in two texts from 17th century Ottoman world; Katip Celebi’s Mizânü’l-Hakk and Cafer Efendi’s Risale-î Mi‘mâriyye. A reading of both texts suggest that the concept of ‘Ilm as the attainment of the knowledge of the Creator (marifetullah), empowers hierarchy both in social space and the sciences in their historical context.

Hakan Çoruh, PhD, is currently a lecturer at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. He completed his PhD at ACU in 2015. His PhD research is on Modern Qur’an Exegesis: A Comparative Approach to Methods of Said Nursi and Modernist Exegesis. His main area is Qur’anic exegesis (tafsīr). He teaches and writes on Qur’anic studies, classical exegesis, and contemporary approaches to the Qur’an and Islam. He gives lectures and tutorials on Islamic studies, particularly on the Qur’an andtafsir, and hadith studies.

‘Relationship Between Religion and Science in the Muslim Modernism’   This paper aims to analyse modernist exegetes Sayyid Ahmad Khan (d. 1898) and Muhammad ʿAbduh’s (d. 1905) approaches to Islam and science, and ideas of Said Nursi (1877-1960) on the relationship between religion and science. This paper argues that while these scholars have a number of similarities, especially Nursi is influenced by ʿAbduh, Khan and ʿAbduh represent a modernist and reformist approach to Islam. But Nursi represents more traditional and balanced approach, and he can be situated at the middle way between classical and modern approaches.

Leyla H. Tajer obtained her PhD and Post-doctoral degree in Islamic Civilization and Sufi literature respectively from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Her Master’s degree from the Azad University, Tehran, was in Comparative Religion. She is a researcher and book reviewer in the area of Sufi literature. She knows Arabic, Persian and English.

For paper see ‘Science of the Self as Expressed in the Snake Catcher’s Narrative: Rumi’s Mathnawi in Context’ with Prof. Amir H. Zekrgoo.

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