Workshop on Sharia and Human Rights at UMM Inn
Graduate Program (PPs) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) in collaboration with Oslo Coalition for Human Rights, Norway, held a workshop on sharia and human rights, on Monday (1/17) at UMM Inn hotel. The event was followed by 20 activists and observers of sharia and human rights that took place over two days.
Deputy Director of PPs UMM, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, MSi, explained, the event was a continuation of its cooperation with the Oslo Coalition for Human Rights. The purpose of this event was to formulate ideas and activities together in the future. "Insya-Allah, it will be followed up with human rights curriculum for short course. On the mid-June, it will also be followed up with expert conference," said Syamsul.
However, the Director of the Oslo Coalition, Prof. Tore Lindholm, emphasized that the short course should be based on awareness of the need, not a compulsion. "I worry if it is considered a threat to the authority of teaching," said Tore.
Workshop resource person, Masdar Hilmy, PhD, said there are three proposed models of design education. First, it is limited model. This model is only applied on Sharia Study Program at Master level (S2), not others. The advantage of the program is on the focus so that it can direct to the point, effective and efficient. Second, it is inclusive model. This model is directed to all students of all levels and it is included in General Basic Course/Mata Kuliah Dasar Umum (MKDU). "Third, it is comprehensive model. It means that this is an overall model. The entire subject matters being taught should reflect human rights values," said Masdar. Another resource person, Prof.Armada Rianto also agreed on this model.
Furthermore, the design of human rights education is begun with experience rather than knowledge only. Thus, literature from various languages should be studied. In addition, the position of Islamic law (sharia) and human rights are mutually beneficial; one party is not the subordinate to other. "Later, this education field lecturer should come from a multidisciplinary science," said Syamsul.
Meanwhile, the expert conference is planned to bring experts from various countries. Experts from within the country who were nominated as resources among others, Shafi’i Ma'arif, Azyumardi Azra, Amin Abdullah, Siti Musdah Mulia, Nazaruddin Umar, Muhammad Husein, Thamrin Amal Tamagola, Muktiono, Jimly Assidiqy, and Muhammad Husein Amali. "They are experts on Islamic jurisprudence and sharia, international human rights, and contemporary Islamic world of Indonesia," said Syamsul.
Results of the expert meeting were later to be used as guidelines for curriculum short course next year. "So, we prepared the material carefully," said Syamsul.Short course participants would receive certificates from the UMM and the Oslo Coalition. (trs/nas/t_alf)