Neocolonialism, a threat to Islamic civilisation

Neocolonialism, a threat to Islamic civilisation

UNIDA – “Indonesia has been free from colonialism since 1945. Unfortunately, neocolonialism recently emerges from several areas, such as economy in which we encounter many foreign factories, foreign banks, and foreign industries. It even emerges in the field of education, for example, many books in schools or colleges come from the western countries. Therefore, our mindset becomes more western,”Dr Fuad Mas’ud. M.Sc. said at the 2018 Conference on Islamic Civilization (CIC) at University of Darussalam (UNIDA) Gontor on Saturday (15/9).

The theme of 2018 CIC was ‘Islamic Values ​​in Facing Globalisation’ with the first keynote speaker Dr Fuad Mas’ud. M.Sc. (Lecturer of Economics Faculty, Diponegoro University, Semarang) and the second keynote speaker was Dr Syamsuri, M.Sh. (Lecturer of Economics and Business Faculty, UNIDA Gontor).

In the event held by Student Council of UNIDA, Dr. Fuad explained about Decolonialization of Education. He said, “There are many scholarships for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in western countries which have western mindsets. After returning to Indonesia, they become lecturers or join a government organization with a western mindset as a result.”

Meanwhile, the second speaker Dr. Syamsuri, M.Sh. explained about waqf and its application in Darussalam Gontor Modern Islamic Institution. Waqf is a social capital instrument which has existed since Umar bin Khattab regime. Indonesia has a big potential on waqf. Unfortunately, only 1% of land in Indonesia is managed with waqf. If you want to see an example of waqf institutions in Indonesia, then Gontor is the most appropriate one”, Dr. Syamsuri said.

“In this globalization era, it is hard to undergo various assumptions from various parts of the world with various kinds of mindset. We cannot mix them to build Islamic civilization. We must be able to filter and choose those which is appropriate to us”, Dr. Fuad drew a conclusion at the end of his presentation. [Iqbal / Trans. Eka / Ed. Nurrahma]



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