10 KUPU SB books launched

Ten publications of the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) were launched yesterday in a ceremony held to mark the university college’s first convocation.

These include a special edition entitled "Merealisasikan Aspirasi Negara dalam Pembangunan Ummah" (Realising National Aspirations in the Development of the Ummah). Among the book’s notable contributors is the Minister of Religious Affairs, Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad bin Pg Hj Abd Rahman.

Others who contributed to this special edition are the Ra’es of KUPU SB, Ustazah Dr Hjh Masnon Hj Ibrahim and members of the university college, namely Ustaz Awg Hj Yahya Apong, Acting Registrar; Associate Professor Dr Ghazali Basri, Director of the Core Knowledge Centre; and Ustaz Zulkifli Hj Zakaria, Coordinator of Practical Teaching.

Among the other publications are "Iltizam untuk Menjadi Wanita Saleha: Kesan-nya Terhadap Keluarga dan Negara" by Dr Hjh Masnon; "Pemikiran Islam: Pertumbuhan dan Perkembangan" by Associate Prof Dr Ghazali; "Psikologi Pendidikan dari Perspektif Barat dan Islam" by Hj Salleh Lebar; and "Ideologi Songsang Gerakan Kebatinan dan Kesan-nya Terhadap Sosio-agama di Negara Brunei Darussalam" and "Isu-isu Penyelewengan Akidah di Negara Brunei Darussalam" by Dr Hj Norarfan Hj Zainal.

The four remaining publications are working papers from various events organised or partaken by KUPU SB, namely "Menghayati Pendidikan Melalui Teknologi"; "Kefahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah: Isu dan Cabaran di Nusantara"; "Koleksi Kertas Kerja Ihya al-Tarbiyyah 2008-2011"; and "Koleksi Kertas Kerja Seminar Antarabangsa Aqidah Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah".

"Iltizam untuk Menjadi Wanita Saleha: Kesannya Terhadap Keluarga dan Negara" focuses on the need for women to have the internal support and determination to carry out responsibilities and duties that they had been entrusted with, as required by Islam. The book states that women of piety will affect and strongly influence not only themselves as individuals but also the family, community and nation.

"Pemikiran Islam: Pertumbuhan dan Perkembangan" invites Islamic history observers in particular – and the public in general – to look back and evaluate the heritage left by past scholars in the issue of Aqidah purity.

"Psikologi Pendidikan dari Perspektif Barat dan Islam" is written specifically as main reference for students taking Teaching and Learning Psychology as well as Islamic Education Curriculum at KUPU SB, and is also suitable for reference for courses related to psychology for children development.

"Isu-isu Penyelewengan Akidah di Negara Brunei Darussalam", on the other hand, is written as a main reference and is mainly suited for academics, undergraduates as well as readers to understand various related issues. The five-section book also offers guidelines and information on the importance of understanding the teachings of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.

As for the working papers, "Menghayati Pendidikan Melalui Teknologi" is a collection of 15 working papers of the Religious Teachers Seminar in March 2011 that was jointly organised by the Education Faculties of KUPU SB and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor.

"Kefahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah: Isu dan Cabaran di Nusantara" is a collection of three working papers that were presented at the "Bicara Ilmu Kefahaman Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah" roadshow that discussed issues and challenges of the understanding of Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah in three countries namely Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia.

"Koleksi Kertas Kerja Ihya al-Tarbiyyah 2008-2011", a collection of working papers presented at Ihya al-Tarbiyyah al-Dinniyyah Ceremonies from 2008 to 2011, is meant as a research material and information provider that could benefit all readers.

Finally, the "Koleksi Kertas Kerja Seminar Antarabangsa Aqidah Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah" is a collection of working papers that were deliberated in conjunction with the 25 Years of Establishment of the Islamic Dakwah Centre last March 2011.

That publication was produced by the Learning Centre for Ahli Sunnah Wal Jama’ah Understanding at KUPU SB, with the cooperation of the Islamic Dakwah Centre.

By Lyna Mohamad, BB 18 Oct 2011

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