Alhamdulillah, the Workshop on Basic Concepts and Thought in Islamic Economics has been concluded about half an hour ago. It was a successful in-depth academic Workshop indeed.
Like ISDEV Workshops/Conferences, there was no ceremonial rituals either during the opening or the closing sessions, while presenters were given one hour each to present their papers, to listen to comments from appointed commentators, and to answer questions. Each paper therefore was discussed deeply. There were only 11 papers presented by 11 presenters selected/invited earlier through a competitive process. I was lucky to be one of them, Alhamdulillah. The participants were only around 100 people.
Though a relatively small and rather a closed Workshop, the accomplishment is tremendous. The Workshop revisited the basic concepts and thoughts of Islamic economics according to its theme, and discussion on the accommodative approach of the mainstream Islamic economics versus alternative approach that rejects the accommodative approach has become one of the concentration of the interesting discussion in the Workshop.
All the papers, I was told by the organizer, will be published in the form of a book in the coming Summer (August 2013), with translation in Turkish language, InshaAllah.
God willing, I will be here again in Istanbul in September this year to participate in the 9th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance, organised by Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank and the Qatar Foundation, InshaAllah.