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IOS SUMMER SCHOOL STARTED

5-19 July 2019 at AMU, Aligarh

Aligarh, July 5: The Department of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in collaboration with Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi today began a Summer School on Islamic Studies for students regardless of their subject-who have an interest in developing their knowledge and research skills in Islamic studies.

At the inaugural ceremony, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that Islam teaches flexibility which enables one to maintain applicability and relevance in the light of changing social, cultural and historical circumstances.

He added that that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) urged the followers to follow a middle path based on the principle of moderation.

Muslims are to anchor their lives on moderate paths, they should not practice extremism, he added. The Vice Chancellor also released Islamic Studies journal and Dr Ziauddin Malik Falahi's book, 'Jamat-e- Islami ke Fuzla ki Qurani Khidmaat' on the occasion.

Delineating importance of inter religious dialogue, the keynote speaker, Prof M Akhtar Siddiqui (Jamia Millia Islamia) urged people to have dialogues for removing misunderstandings.

He added that several Western countries have encouraged interfaith interactions, which is instrumental in establishing peace and bringing people of various communities on common terms.

Speaking on the nature and scope of Islamic Studies, the Chief Guest, Prof Mohammad Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui said that it is not a discipline that teaches religion, but a field of interdisciplinary academic research with focus on Islamic civilization, historiography, law and philosophy among other areas in which academics from diverse disciplines participate and exchange ideas about Islamic societies of past and present.

Prof Akbar Husain (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences) spoke on treatment of psychological disorders in light of the Holy Quran and Hadith.

Prof Obaidullah Fahad, Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies said, the summer school program based on pedagogical innovativeness and academic rigor will provide analysis and discussions on subjects Islamic Knowledge and Science, Muslim History and Civilization, and Contemporary Islamic Thought.

Dr Abdul Hamid Fazili conducted the programme, while Dr Ziauddin Malik proposed the vote of thanks.



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