KOTA SAMARAHAN: Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmid launched two books written by UiTM Sarawak at the Oxford Islamic Centre, Oxford University, United Kingdom.
The books are titled “Development and History of Wali Songo” and “Wali Songo Travelogue”.
UiTM Sarawak in a press statement issued yesterday said both books were inspired by Taib who wanted the history and experience of Wali Songo or Sembilan Wali on the island of Java to be known to Muslims in Sarawak as well as the world in general.
This is because the peaceful approach adopted by the Wali Songo in efforts to spread Islam was well-received by the religious target groups.
The Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies Centre at Oxford University, London is prepared to work with UiTM Sarawak on three main fields; namely Islamic Studies, Contemporary and Wakaf.
The centre also welcomes the lecturers of the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS), UiTM Sarawak to participate in their post-doctoral programme to share their knowledge and experience in contemporary Islamic studies.
Oxford Islamic Studies Centre also agreed to have a joint research on Islamic development in Nusantara in Borneo.