3rd SOASCIS International Conference [SICON] 2013: ‘Towards a Healthy Youth Culture’ (Brunei Darussalam, 6–8 November 2013)

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Daud AbdulFattah Batchelor


A three-day international conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, the third in the annual series organised by the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddin Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, was held on 6-8 November 2013. The theme was Towards a Healthy Youth Culture: The Role of Islamic Family and Educational Values. Key objectives of SICON 2013 were:

(1) to obtain a better understanding of the state of health of contemporary Muslim youth culture, including the symptoms and underlying causes of social diseases or serious threats affecting youth; (2) to find ways and means of overcoming these trends, particularly by making use of the traditional resources and values of Islam to develop effective practical strategies to create a healthy youth culture; (3) finally to provide input for policy makers and implementers responsible for youth development and welfare. This focus was a follow-up on youth issues treated during the successful SICON 2012 conference. International speakers attended from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Russia, the United States and Australia.

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