A VISITING professor from England yesterday underscored the need to understand the original role and position of women in early Muslim civilisation as they had made great contributions in building the society, including in science, medicine and management.
According to Emeritus Professor Salim Al-Hassani at the University of Manchester, the women in early Muslim civilisation were better off and had more dynamic roles in the religion and in building of the society.
“So, for women (today) to pursue science, it is naturally in the tradition because it was done before. For women to become doctors, nurses, astronomers, mathematicians, they did it before. It is all done before,” said Professor Salim, who is also president of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation in the United Kingdom.
During his lecture at Dewan Jubilee of Universiti Sultan Shariff Ali (UNISSA), Professor Salim talked about the involvement and role of Muslim women in the development and progress of science and technology, during which he gave examples of prominent women in Muslim heritage who played major roles in the field of science and medicine such as Zubayda bin Abu Ja’far al-mansur.“What we should do is to encourage women to revive their tradition, not necessarily identical, but to derive lessons from the past to build a better future,” he said.
He said that young people should be inspired by scientists from the western world but also need to recognise great Muslim scientists as well as Chinese and Indian scientists. This will create respect and harmony between nations and cultures.
“This will inspire young people to seek for science, technology, and discovery then become curious about the universe and they become useful to the society,” he added.
The talk titled “Involvement of Muslim Women in Science” was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Present as the guest of honour was Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman.
On the sidelines of the event, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina said women in Brunei are treated equally as they have been participating in various fields including in science and technology.
She called on the women and youth in Brunei to learn as much as they can, be inspired and make use of all the facilities provided.
“It is up to us to grab those opportunities, advance ourselves and study hard, and contribute to the nation.”
The Brunei Times
Friday, November 7, 2014