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AMU’s seminar on Islam and modern challenges


Aligarh: A two-day national seminar on “Islam and Modern Challenges”, organized by Department of Islamic Studies, AMU, Aligarh, was held during 7-8 April. Themes of papers presented by various scholars, Ulama, and research scholars include Islam and its relation with globalization, democracy, nation-states, human rights, rationalism, modernism and post-modernism, interfaith dialogue, pluralism, Islam and the ills of modernity, woman and hijab issues. There were six business sessions. The inaugural session opened with the ‘Welcome Address’ by Prof. Zafarul Islam, chairman of the Department of Islamic Studies at AMU. He offered an overview of the various achievements of the department during the session 2010-2011. It was followed by the ‘Introduction of the Seminar’, by Dr. Abdul Majid Khan, the convener of the seminar. And then two books and two journals of the department were released. In this session, the ‘Inaugural Address’ was delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of AMU, Prof P. K. Abdul Azis. Noted Islamic scholar Prof. Nejatullah Siddiqui was the Chief Guest. Keynote address was delivered by Prof K. M. Yusuf Amin. Prof. Nejatullah Siddiqui also addressed the session. In this session, Salman Naseem Nadwi of Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama read a message of Maulana Syed Rabey Hasani Nadawi.

In the seminar, 53 papers including three power-point presentations were presented over six business sessions. On the first day, there were two business sessions in addition to the inaugural session. On the second day, there were four business sessions followed by the valedictory session.  These sessions were presided by Prof Asmer Beg, Prof Mahmudul Haq, Prof Abdul Qadir Jafri, Dr Muhammad Amir Hayat, Prof Ali Ahmad Naqvi, Prof Muhammad Salahuddin Umari, and Prof Shah Muhammad Waseem, respectively; and the compares of each session were Bilal Ahmad Kutty, Dr Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Dr Abdul Hamid Fazili, Dr Tauqeer Ahmad and Dr Ziauddin in addition to Dr Abdul Majid Khan. Each session was followed by a question-answer session in which students, research scholars, teachers and other personalities participated. All business sessions witnessed discussions on the papers presented by the scholars. The sessions were well attended by respective participants. In the Valedictory session, research scholars of the department, professors and teachers of various faculties and departments of AMU presented their impressions. It was followed by the address of Prof Zafarul Islam, in which he thanked all the participants and speakers, teaching and non-teaching staff, and especially the research scholars who took active part and keen interest in making the seminar successful.

This seminar on ‘Islam and Modern Challenges’ yielded a memorable array of papers that furnished provocative and insightful scholarship that should contribute greatly to the existing knowledge, research work and observations of Muslim scholars, thinkers and researchers. A selection of the papers presented will be published in a book form.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 19

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