London, United Kingdom, December 15, 2012: The Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations’ 19 graduands received their master’s degree in Muslim Cultures today at the Institute’s third convocation ceremony.
Chief Guest Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh spoke movingly of how one faces the challenge of being innovative whilst at the same time staying engaged with the legacy of tradition.
“Cultural diversity allows us, at times demands that we compare and contrast value systems and different lifestyles so that we can dialogue towards building more universal values and beliefs,” said Professor Siddiqui.
She urged graduads to remember that the most important aspect of acquiring a good education is that “you should never cease to question not always in search for answers but because questioning keeps your mind and soul alive.”
During the course of his valedictory speech, Razi Allah Lone reminisced on the time spent at ISMC and how the spirit of enquiry combined with a genuine eagerness to learn had led many of the students to new ideas, while at the same time deepening their appreciation for what they sincerely held to be true.
The Best Dissertation Award for 2012 was awarded jointly to Mr Kamran Bashir and Ms Lindsey Stephenson.
The ceremony, held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, was attended by members of the University's Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of ISMC, students' families, as well as guests from the academic community in London.
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