Khartoum, Oct 25, 2017- The University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences in cooperation with the Secretariat of Sinar Islamic Culture Capital Project of 2017, has organized a Forum on 'Education and Scholars in Sennar Kingdom Age' at the conference Hall at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

 The event was launched under the auspices of Prof. ATaiyib Hassan Badawi, Minister of Culture, Prof. Sumaya Mohamed Ahmed Abu-Kashawa, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Prof. Maawiya Ahmed Sayyid Ahmed, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the U of HQIS. 

The forum dealt with a number of themes, including scholars in Sennar Kingdom Age, scientific relations, and social and economic effects of education in the Sennari Age (Sennar Kingdom Age) in three scientific sessions in addition to the opening session.

The forum sessions were attended by a large number of experts, researchers, scholars of history, education, culture, thought, literature, language, fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), economics, sociology and other human sciences.

Deliberation throughout the forum sessions was objective despite the breadth of the topic and its historical and cultural depth, where at eleven scientific papers were presented, including  'Historical Study of  Scholars of the Sennari Age and its Religious, Cultural and Social Impact',  'A Study on Examples of Scholars in the  Sennari Age', 'Contributions of Scholars in the Sennari Age', 'Islamic Schools of Thought in the Kingdom Sennar', 'Academic Relations between the Funj and Egypt', 'The Role of Scientists in North Africa in the Sennari Age', 'The Academic Relations between the Kingdom of Sennar and Hijaz', 'Education in the Sennari Age' (a historical study of method and style), 'Critique and Analysis of the Role of Scientists in the Funj Sultanate', 'Education and its Social Effects in the Sennari Age' and' The Economic Activity in the Funj State'.

The Forum aimed at focusing on Sudan's religious, cultural and social heritage by highlighting the reality of scholars of the Sennari Age and the Islamic Schools of thought and their origins and role in educating people, expressing integration of the Sudanese community and its communication with its Islamic geographical environment in the north and east with Egypt and Hejaz, and with the Islamic Maghreb (West). The event also aimed at encouraging scientific research in the cultural, social, economic and educational components of the Sudanese history.

The Forum concluded a number of recommendations, including:

- Calling specialists and interested researchers at the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences and all Sudanese universities to contribute through research to restoration of Sinar to its historical position in Sudan by conducting peer-reviewed scientific studies on issues of the Sennari Age.

- The establishment of a center under the name (Sennar Regional Center for Cultural Dialogue), which would give Sudan its cultural and historical role of being a bridge between the Arabs and Africans.

- Encouraging state universities to offer scholarships at faculties of Graduate studies to conduct theses for master's and doctoral degrees in the Sennari Age.

- Preparation of an encyclopedia of biographies of scholars of the Islamic Funj Kingdom and leaders of Sufism with illustrations of their cultural projects, lineage, geographical places, followers and scientific contributions.

- Documentation of Sennar period, developing criticism of Sudanese history ,appreciation of fact value, and avoiding intellectual bias in historical documentation to benefit from the human experience of the Funj Sultanate in Sennar and its implications on the Sudan intellectual and cultural future.

- Conducting studies, scientific events and weeks on the Sudanese kingdoms.

- Documentation of the Sennari Age and establishment of a research center at the Deanship of Scientific Research at the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences to be named 'Center for Sudanese Studies' to focus on Sennar Studies as well as to be conferred an academic Chair for Professor Yusuf Fadl Hassan for Sennari Studies in honor of his historical membership in the scientific council that founded  the College of the Holy Quran Which was the nucleus of the University of the Quran and Islamic Sciences.