In fulfillment of the research partnership between Umm Al-Qura University and the project of "Glorification of the Holy City of Makkah", the "Makkan Encyclopedia: Horizons and Objectives" workshop about the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was held last Tuesday evening. It was attended by an elite group of the deans, vice deans, and the male and female academic staff of the university.
Dr. Talal Abu Al-Nour, the General Supervisor of the project of "Glorification of the Holy City of Makkah", explained the idea of the encyclopedia to which the project is looking forward to be implemented in cooperation with Umm Al-Qura University. Meanwhile, the Vice Dean of the Deanship of Scientific Research, Dr. Abdullah Aal Tamim, affirmed the keenness of the university, represented by His Excellency UQU's President, Prof. Abdullah Bafail, the Vice President of Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research, Prof. Abdul-Wahab Al-Rasini, and the Deanship of Scientific Research, on the activation of the research partnerships, in particular those reinforcing the standing of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and its leading role.
The Vice Dean of the Islamic Studies Research Centre, Prof. Afnan Tilmisani, showed a proposal including the encyclopedia's vision, mission, objectives, scientific methodology and general framework for which the workshop was held in order to make a survey of the specialists and experts in it. The workshop achieved a good attendance from the colleges of Shari`ah, Da`wah, Education and Arabic Language. This was in addition to the Institute of Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers, the Higher Institute for Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil, and the leaders of the Deanship of Scientific Research.
The workshop experienced wide and distinctive participation by the attendees, who showed their readiness to support the encyclopedia and expand the scope of participation in it. The workshop was concluded by the project of "Glorification of the Holy City of Makkah" and the Deanship of Scientific Research extending thanks to the attendees for their interest and interaction with the idea of the encyclopedia for their interest and interaction with the idea of the encyclopedia.