JICMI (Jakarta International Conference of Muslim Intellectuals) 2013

Kebangkitan Kaum Intelektual Membangun Peradaban Bersama Khilafah Islamiyah

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Background

Within the last decade, the world has experienced political and economic turbulence. Housing mortgage crisis in the U.S. had widened and developed into a global financial crisis that brought down the world’s giant corporations. This condition is followed by debt crisis in some European countries. The high increase in debt to GDP ratio (As of 2010, Greece 142.8%, Italy 119%, and Ireland 96.2%) threaten the collapse of these countries. They have tried to pay their debts by issuing new debts, but investor confidence is weakened so that the cost (interest) to issue new debts is even getting more expensive. The derivative impacts are the increasing rate of unemployment and the decline of the economic growth in these countries. Various attempts have been made but the expected economic recovery never occurs. All of these show that the global capitalism is heading to its collapse.

While America and Europe are experiencing downturn, China seems to emerge to take a greater role in the world economy by maintaining its economic growth above 8 percent per year. Then, where is the current position of Muslim countries in the world’s constellation of politics and economics?

At the same time, Muslim countries in the Middle East have undergone massive political changes. The wave of Arab Spring hadtoppled dictators in those countries, starting from Tunisia, and then spreading to Yemen, Libya, Egypt until Syria. This is a good start for the emergence of a new hope in these countries. However, until now, it is still unclear which direction the change will lead to. Is the Arab Revolution simply a moment to change the regimes or whether is it followed by a change in the system that gives sufficient attention to the economic and military sovereignty? The recent military coup on the new government in Egypt showed that democracy, as a result of revolution, seems ineffective to embody the systemic change in the country.

Meanwhile, Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim population, is still entangled with economic problems. Although this country grows 6.3 percent per year with the largest GDP in the Southeast Asia region, the current gaps in the distribution of wealth reached record high in the last decade. If there is no significant change in the political and economic direction, this condition might be a time bomb in the future given the signs, such as the surge in crime ratesand social conflicts.

In the constellation of global political and economic power, discussions about the alternative system and civilization to replace the dying global capitalism find its relevance. The changes that occur in many countries, especially in Muslim countries have given the opportunity for the emergence of a new civilization system. Islamic Khilafah is then raised to be a noteworthy model nation as a solution to the complexity of the problems in Muslim countries. Historically and empirically,  this model nation had ever existed and had proven to make the Muslims the best people who created golden era of civilization in human history.

As a thinking entity, which takes responsibility for Islamic propagation, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) recognizes efforts considered important and strategic to elaborate the solutions to various problems faced by Muslim countries in the midst of the constellation of global political and economic changes.

Therefore, HTI takes the initiative to facilitate an international conference involving Muslim intellectuals, either local or abroad to discuss these issues and to formulate the roles and responsibilities of the Muslim intellectuals to bring back the Islamic civilization.

Purpose
This conference aims to:

  1. Discuss ideas and solutions to the problems faced by Muslim countries and the roles of Muslim intellectuals to rebuild the Islamic civilization in the midst of the constellation of global political and economic changes.
  2. Build the network with Muslim intellectuals both individuals and institutions to bring back the Islamic civilization.

Theme
“The End of Capitalism and the Prospects of Islamic Civilization Under the Khilafah”

Participants

The conference is open for public. Every muslim intellectual from various scientific backgrounds and expertise of either individual or institutional (organizations of Islamic propagation, universities, research institutions, NGOs or other professional organizations) can take part in this conference.

Program

This conference will be held in Convention Hall SMESCO, Jl Gatot Subroto Kav 94, Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta, December 15, 2013

08.00 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.15 Opening
09.15 – 09.30 Keynote Speech
09.30 – 12.00 1nd Session (In English and Indonesian)
  • The Collapse of Global Capitalism: What Can We Learn from Global Financial Crisis?, by Jamal Harwood (Lecturer, MBA Program University of Wales, UK) 
  • Global Political Changes and the Inevitable Caliphate by Dr. Reza Pankhrust (Political Scientist, London School of Economics)
Discussion (45 minutes)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch Break (Including Prayer Time)
13.00 – 15.00 2nd Session (In Indonesian)
  • Khilafah as a role model of Islamic civilization, by Dr.Ir. Muhammad Rahmat Kurnia, M.Si (Lecturer in Bogor Agricultural University, a member of Central Board Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia)
  • Methodology to reestablish Khilafah , by Ir. Dwi Condro Triono, Ph.D (Islamic economist, lecturer in the doctoral programme of State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, member of Central Board Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia)
Discussion (30 minutes)
15.00 – 16.00 Coffee Break (Including Prayer Time)
16.00 – 17.00 3ndSession : What Can Be Contributed by Muslim Scholars and Intellectuals Today to Rebuild Islamic Civilization?
17.00 – 17.15 Reading and Signing of “Muslim Intellectuals Charter”
17.15 – 17.30 Closing