Welcome Speech Minister of Religious Affairs

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent and the Most Merciful. May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.

Dear professors, lecturers, researchers, ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of Minister of Religious Affairs, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and welcome you to the 20th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) 2021. Moreover, I honorably welcome to our keynote and invited speakers on AICIS 2021.

It is my hope that the 20th AICIS 2021 would be able to achive its objective in providing an effective forum for academician, researchers, and practitioners to advancing knowldge, research, and technology as a response the dynamic changing of Islam in this global world.

The 20th AICIS this years held virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in the heart of Central Java, Surakarta Indonesia with its theme “Islam in a Changing Global Context: Rethinking Fiqh Reactualization and Public Policy”. This theme aims to looking more closely on how fiqh reactualization and public policy seen from an Islamic point of view that keep changing globally. So in this conference we hope that it could be a good start to discuss about digital transformation, strenghthening religious moderation, revitalizing religious affairs office, cyber Islamic university, islamic boarding school indepencence, tolerance year of 2022 and religiousity index as Minister of Religious Affairs priority programs.

Therefore, the focal drive of this conference is to exchange ideas. And by participating in this exchange, I hope that all parties who may get benefit from this conference and can apply it in managing all activities in their areas. It is pleasing to note that the agenda of this conference covers a wide range of interesting topics related to all theoretical and practical aspects such as Good Governance, Public Goods, Religious Diversity, Religion and Public Policy, Public Service, Education, and Digital Transformation.

Last but not least, my deepest gratitude goes to the Advisory Board, Academic Board, Organizing Committee, Institutions, companies and volunteer who have directly and indirectly supported the success of this conference. The committee has organized a vibrant scientific program and working hard to present highly respected and internationally notorius speakers to lead it. Although we are try our finest to be professional, on behalf the Minister of Religious Affairs please accept our sincere apologies if there be inconveniences that occur before, during, or after the conference. I wish you a very productive conference with exciting and encouraging discussions and exchange of knowledge.

May Allah bless us all with good health to make this event a successful and enjoyable one!

Best Regards,

Yaqut Colil Qoumas

Minister of Religious Affairs

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