The main topic of this conference is Islam and Identity of Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures. The conference attempts to observe the role of Islam as a religion in shaping the identity of Southeast Asian society through language and cultural traditions. It is worth noting that language and culture are two important aspects that play a great role in shaping the identity of one society.
Language and cultural tradition give a significant impact on the way one society express their life. In the course of time, history shows that it is through language and culture that society shows its identity among the various nations and cultures. In this connection, the dynamics and debate occurred in the process of identity and cultural shaping involving the role of religion as important element in society’s life needs to be thoroughly observed.
It should not be ignored that Islam as a major religion also has its significant contribution in shaping the identity of Southeast Asian people particularly in the Malayness identity. In addition to that, Islam has been one of the driving forces in the dynamic of Intellectual development, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia.
It includes the following topics:
1. Southeast Asian History
Since the establishment of ASEAN on August 6, 1967, there has been no ASEAN history describing the identity of ASEAN countries from various aspects of life of ASEAN people, including of how religions especially Islam- can co-exist with other religions and become examples of harmony in religious life for the world community. The big question that this topic wants to answer based on historical sources is how actually the identity of the ASEAN community in its religious life can resist the challenges over the time. Subtopics that can be raised in this topic are:
• Indonesian History
• Malay History
• Maritime History
• Food History
• Islamic History in Southeast Asia
2. Southeast Asian Languages
There many languages ??spoken in Asian countries including local languages. Some vernacular languages ??are also extinct and the rest are threatened to extinct (if there is no serious attempt to preserve them). Other issues are related to the national-language policy and the internationalization of Bahasa Indonesia-Malay. Some ASEAN countries are experiencing the onslaught of using English in various aspects of their lives.
The issue of loan word is also one of the old issues which are continuously becoming relevant hitherto, due to the fact that ASEAN languages ??still continue to borrow vocabulary from other languages, especially Arabic and English. In Islamic religiosity of Asian society, Muslim society in particular often borrows the words from the Arabic and in worldly life in general, ASEAN languages ??borrow from English.
Here a contrastive analysis based on historical point of view is needed, including its corpus. The question that arises on this topic are: how can the ASEAN languages ??grow and survive in the onslaught of English usage? Could Indonesia-Malay be internationalized? And how is the position of the Arabic in Malay society? Subtopics that can be araised in this topic are:
• Local, National, and Regional Languages
• Historical Linguistics
• Loan Words
• Translated Islamic Texts
• Corpus Linguistics
3. Southeast Asia Literatures
It can be said that literary works produced by the ASEAN community are quite a lot, although the number is still less when it is compared with other nations. However,up to the present time, there are still very few literary works from ASEAN writers can reach worldwide reputation, let alone to reach Nobel. In fact, in terms of topic, those literary works are important and interesting considering the manuscripts in ASEAN could also give much contribution to the heritage of world civilization. However, its preservation and use for the future of ASEAN, is still far from being expected. What really matters in this and how to get rid of the shackles? Subtopics that can be araised in this topic are:
• Southeast Asian Manuscripts
• Literary Works in Southeast Asian
• Islamic Values in Southeast Asian Literary Works
4. Southeast Asian Studies
The study of ASEAN region attracts many researchers from outside the region. It proved that many of the world’s major campuses established the ASEAN study centers. Some questions that require answers on this topic are : what has been done, what needs to be maintained, what needs to be discarded, and what can be developed again, so that the ASEAN region continues to be the attention and is attracted as an object of study for people outside the region. Subtopics that can be araised in this topic are:
• Strategic Studies and International Relations in Southeast Asia
• Security, Peace, Violence, and Radicalism in Southeast Asia
• Intercultural Communication Studies in Southeast Asia
• Literation Issues in Southeast Asia
• Media in Southeast Asia
• Cyber World in Southeast Asia
• Urban Islam in Southeast Asia
5. Islam and Culture in Southeast Asia
Currently, friendly, polite, moderate, and tolerant manner of the ASEAN community particularly the way Muslim community practice their religious teachings has been , widely discussed by the world community. This phenomenon leads to a conversation about the direction that becomes the sample of practicing Islamic teaching. It is hoped that the direction is no longer focused merely on the Middle East style. but the direction is shifted to the new direction to be called ASEAN Islamic-style.
In fact, lately, there are many countries of the Middle East start to study in Indonesia or Malaysia to see more closely how Islam which is practiced in Indonesia and Malaysia gives a peaceful atmosphere could manage the conflicts among the different groups amidst the large main issue of terrorism and radicalism. This is an exciting development.
Long ago, it is the tradition in Asean countries that students wanted to study Islam, they would be sent to the Middle East. However, current phenomenon shows that now there are many students from Middle East who study Islam to Indonesia and Malaysia. The question is, how will the development of ASEAN- Islamic identity style be in the future? What ASEAN values ??need to be a common focus to be the world’s attention? Subtopics that can be araised in this topic are:
• Transnational and Cross-cultural Islam in Southeast Asia
• Islam and Feminism
• Islam and Radicalism
• Islam, Mysticism, and Sufism in Southeast Asia
• Da’wah and Youth Islamic Movement
• Islam, Local Wisdom, and Globalization
6. Library and Information Issues in The Southeast Asia
• Digital Library
• Knowledge Management
• Library and Media Social
• Library Preservation & Conservation
• Information Behaviour