International ILEM Summer School Continues with the lecture of Wael B. Hallaq from Columbia University
The second International ILEM Summer School under the general topic of “The State and Society in Muslim World” has started on Saturday, August 23th with participation of over 50 academics from 25 different countries.
The program held in 23th-29th August under the home ownership of Istanbul 29 Mayıs University is occurring with valuable cooperation of Ministry of The Republic of Turkey Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and T.C. Ministry of The Republic of Turkey Presidency Coordination of Public Diplomacy (KDK).
The opening speech of the second International ILEM Summer School was given by Lutfi Sunar, President of Board of Management Committee in Scientific Studies Society. The first lecture following that was given by Sari Hanafi from American University of Beirut.
Academics from all around the world showed great interest in the first lecture “Social Sciences Crisis in the Muslim World” and they have put their valuable and authentic opinions forward by questions and comments.
The second International ILEM Summer School aims for the academics from all around the world to share opinions with each other and thus to contribute for original academic studies to be created. With this aim, three lecture series were organized each of which are on different topics conforming to the general title of the Summer School.
On the fifth day (27th of August) of the International ILEM Summer School, the two-day lecture series of Prof. Dr. Wael B. Hallaq from Columbia University who is a prominent scholar in his field of study was attended by professors, associate professors and academics on Ph.D level conducting their researches in Turkey and in different disciplines. The title of this lecture was “The Islamic State and the Crises of the Political”.
In the lecture, Prof. Hallaq followed the plan and contents of his book, The Impossible State. He basically talked about the Enlightenment concepts and theories of progress, reason and morality. He then explained what a state is in modern sense, and then put the differences between the modern state and pre-modern state forward.
After a general discussion of the state, he talked about the need to return to the moral. Modern systems, especially modern economics now made it impossible to draw certain moral lines in world systems. The distinction between modern morality and pre-modern morality was explained.
Lastly he talked about the citizen as a moral agent and as a subject of the modern state. Modern education creates citizens who shall abide by the institutions and bureaucratization of the modern state.
Prof. Dr. Wael Hallaq’s lecture will continue with its second session on the sixth day (28th of August) of the International ILEM Summer School. The Program will end on Friday with the lecture of Abdülvahap El Efendi on “The Future of Islamic State”.