21-SEP-2019: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Darul Musannefin to receive Sir Syed Excellence Awards
Aligarh, September 21: The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies will receive this year's International Sir Syed Excellence Award for multi-disciplinary work on Islamic culture and civilization and of contemporary Muslim societies and the Darul Musannefin, Azamgarh will be conferred with the National Sir Syed Excellence Award for promoting education and awareness among Muslims and for their work on Urdu language. The awards will be given on Sir Syed Day Celebrations, October 17, 2019, announced Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor.
These prestigious awards carrying cash prizes worth Rs two lakhs and one lakh respectively were approved by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Mansoor on the recommendations of a jury headed by Professor Emeritus, Farhathullah Khan.
The recipient of the International Award, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, founded in 1985, an independent centre of the University of Oxford has been promoting and improving the understanding of the Islamic world in the western countries through lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and publications on international level.
Distinguished statesmen and scholars have lectured at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in a programme that began in 1993 with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales inaugural lecture, 'Islam and the West'. Speakers in this series include heads of state and government, internationally renowned scholars from the Muslim world and beyond, secretary generals of international organisations such as the UN, OIC, Arab League, UNESCO, and the Commonwealth.
Fellows of the Centre are active in different departments, faculties and colleges across the University of Oxford. Many students and senior academics come to Oxford through the scholarships and visiting fellowship programmes provided by the Centre.
The Journal of Islamic Studies, published for the Centre by Oxford University Press since 1990, which is edited by Dr Farhan Nizami, places the study of Islam and modern societies in their global context.
The Darul Musannefin, a highly respected institution publishing scholarly work was conceived by Maulana Shibli Nomani, but was established three days after his death in 1914 by Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi, Maulana Saiyid Sulaiman Nadvi, Maulana Abdus Salam Nadvi and Maulana Masood Ali Nadvi.
Darul Musannefin nurtures a body of scholarly authors and provides a congenial environment for scholars to create, compile and translate literary works of high scholastic and historical value. It aims at effectively meeting increasing intellectual and ideological challenges of the sub-continent. It has published more than 250 books acclaimed throughout the academic world and used as authentic reference books. The best known book on the Holy Prophet, 'Seerat-e-Nabvi' is also published by Darul Musannefin. It also publishes a widely reported scholarly monthly, 'Maarif'.
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