First Regional Workshop on Islamic Civilisation in the Malay World, organised by the Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Indonesia with the cooperation of IRCICA, Kuala Lumpur, 13-15 April 1987

A new research project on the History of Islamic Civilisation in South East Asia was launched with the convening of the First Regional Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 13-15 April 1987. The project is to be conducted by the relevant institutions of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia with IRCICA as the coordinator.

The regional workshop brought together scholars and experts who were the delegates of the three concerned countries; IRCICA was represented by Director General Prof.Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and Deputy Director General Raja Fuziah bte. Raja Tun Uda.

The meeting was inaugurated by the Hon. Anwar Ibrahim, Minister of Education of Malaysia. In his speech, the Minister welcomed research projects on Islamic culture and civilisation and pointed out there was a need to check facts on the growth of Islam in South-East Asia and to make corrections were necessary. Then, IRCICA Director General briefed the participants about the project, explaining that the project was aimed at providing new data on the history and growth of Islamic traditions and civilisation in South-East Asia. He expressed the hope that this will help future historians and researchers interpret historical events pertaining to the spread of Islam and the emergence of Islamic Civilisation in this region. The meeting then heard the background paper by Prof. Dr. Syed Naquib Al-Attas, Head of the Malaysian delegation, proposing the basic concepts and principles of the project as well as its scope and coverage.

During the working sessions, the methodology of implementation and guidelines of execution of the project were determined. Prof. Dr. Syed Naquib al-Attas was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief. The meeting also agreed that the "Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka" (Malay Language Centre) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of Malaysia be set as the Regional Project Secretariat.