Surabaya, Indonesia – In July 27, 2023, the Faculty of Adab and Humanities UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya marked a significant milestone today by organizing its first-ever International Conference on Islamic Civilizations and Humanities (ICONITIES) 2023. The conference, held under the theme “Digital Humanities and Islamic Civilizations,” witnessed a diverse gathering of scholars and academics from across the globe.

The esteemed event was inaugurated by Prof. Ali Mudhofir, the Vice Rector for Academic and Institutional Affairs at UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya. His opening address emphasized the conference’s importance in fostering academic collaboration and knowledge exchange within the field of language, literature, and Islamic civilization studies.

The ICONITIES 2023 conference invited prominent scholars as keynote speakers, representing three different countries. Prof. Imam Ghazali Said from Indonesia, Prof. Mohamed Mohi El-Din Ahmed from Brunei Darussalam, and Prof. Engku Ahmed Zaki Engku Alwi from Malaysia delivered insightful presentations on various aspects of Digital Humanities and its impact on Islamic civilizations.

More than 75 researchers and scholars from both local and international institutions (Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Turkiye, Singapore, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, and India) participated in the event and over 100 attendees, with some joining virtually. This diverse gathering enabled productive discussions and the exploration of innovative research ideas that bridge the gap between technology and Islamic heritage.

Dr. Mohammad Kurjum, the Dean of the Faculty of Adab and Humanities, UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, expressed his delight over the conference’s success and announced his vision of making it an annual event. He stressed that such platforms are crucial for facilitating intellectual discourse and collaboration among academics, with a focus on advancements in language, literature, and the study of Islamic civilization.

The ICONITIES 2023 conference has not only enriched scholarly conversations but also reinforced UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya’s reputation as a hub of academic excellence in the realm of Islamic civilizations and humanities. (Suhandoko, M.Pd.)