Women?s College starts two-day National Seminar on ?Islamic Philosophy: Issues and Challenges?
Aligarh, March 27: The Philospohy Section of Women?s College, Aligarh Muslim University today started a two-day National Seminar on ?Islamic Philosophy: Issues and Challenges?. The inaugural session of the first ever academic seminar held at the Women?s College took place at the College?s Auditorium.
Delivering the keynote address at the function, Professor Tariq Islam, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, AMU pointed out that the western world used to view the east as oriental and the definition of oriental has now been replaced by Islam and Muslims in the eyes of the European and Pan-American countries. He pointed out that it is imperative to ponder on how to relate Islamic teachings with the specific conditions of modernity.
Prof Islam said that Muslims need to reconstruct Islamic teachings and practice in modern times. ?There is a need to understand theology, ethics and politics and illustrate the concepts in new ways,? he added.
While delivering the presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) said that philosophy is a systematic investigation of problems in life and we need to know what is happening in society.
Talking on the philosophy of education in Islam, the Vice Chancellor pointed out that the Islamic Mosque is unique as there are Maktabs (schools) attached to the Mosques, which provide free education to children and later these students join the Madrasas for higher education. He further said that in modern times, we can use this system of Madrasas to provide Islamic and scientific education.
Professor A R Kidwai, Director, HRDC, AMU, who attended the function as a Guest of Honour said that in the 8th and the 9th centuries, Muslims were students of western philosophy; however, it was from the 11th century that philosophy of the Muslim world was followed in the west.
He further said that Muslim Philosophers and thinkers like Al-Ghazali, Averroes, Ibn Tufail and Najmuddin Kubra among many others were intellectual giants in the 11th century and many more years to follow. ?In those days, no reference was made without the citation of these Muslim philosophers,? said Prof Kidwai.
Meanwhile Prof Sanullah Mir pointed out that Muslim philosophers need to take up modern issues and challenges of today?s world. Dr Hayat Amir Husaini talked about how Islamic philosophy is the outcome of Islamic civilization.
During the welcome address, Prof Naima K Gulrez, Principal, Women?s College talked about the importance of the programme?s topic and why it is important to have discussions on Islamic Philosophy in contemporary world.
Dr Nazia Hasan conducted the programme. Prof M Sanaullah proposed the vote of thanks.
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Prof Naima K Gulrez addressing the National Seminar at Women's College
Prof Tariqul Islam addressing the National Seminar at Women's College
Prof AR Kidwai addressing the National Seminar at Women's College