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Published in the 16-30 Jun 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Institute celebrates Silver Jubilee 

Institute of Islamic Studies was set up in Mumbai in 1979 by Reformist Dawoodi Bohras to promote the true spirit of Islam and understanding between various religions. Under the scholarly directorship of Dr Asghar Ali Engineer, the institution has been publishing articles regularly on various issues of Islam like Multilayered Concept of Jihad, compassion in Islam, Islam and Secularism, Haj in Social perspective, Religion and economic justice, Sufi approach to Islam etc. The Institution has also been organising local and national level seminars in which prominent scholars and Ulama are invited to speak. The institute’s efforts to promote true understanding of Islamic values have been greatly appreciated.

Institute of Islamic Studies, Mumbai celebrated its 25th anniversary, Silver jubilee on 21st March 2004 at Akbar Peerbhoy Hall, Anjumane-Islam, Mumbai. On this occasion the institute organised a seminar on ‘Religion and the freedom of conscience’. The program was attended by Polish Counsellor, Mr. Marek Moron and the Director of the Iranian Cultural House, Mr. Ali Yusefi. There were also eminent guests from different organisations and institutions. Around 52 participants attended the seminar.

Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer in his inaugural speech gave a brief introduction of the resource persons and threw light on the institute’s history and how it has been working vigorously for interfaith understanding and promotion of peace and harmony.

Many speakers spoke on interfaith dialogue, on respective religions and threw light on how religion guides in choosing freedom of conscience. Speakers included Dr. Utpala Modi for Jainism, Prof. SA Upadhyaya for Hinduism, Bishop Thomas Dabre for Christianity and Prof. Zeenat Shaukat Ali for Islam.
Before the beginning of the second session congratulatory messages were read out by Ms. Qutub Jehan Kidwai. In between the sessions discussions were held with the participation of the audience.

The programme finally ended with the Sufi music programme by Ms. Neela Bhagwat who sang songs of Kabir, Iqbal and Nanak. «

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