Monthly Archives: January 2020

“Reconsidering the Ethical in Contemporary Islamic Thought”: Dr. Ebrahim Moosa in Dhaka

Word For Peace After a successful winter intensive with our most recent batch of first year students, Contending Modernities co-director and Primary Investigator for the Madrasa Discourses program, Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, and I travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to lead a two-day workshop introducing local ulama (religious scholars) to the Madrasa Discourses program (MD). There, Professor Moosa also delivered a public lecture, …

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Misrepresentation of “Culture” as ‘religious’ identity in Pakistani Cinema-Part 2

Word For Peace During the British Raj the provinces of India where Muslims were in minority, “faced the threat of social decline.” The Muslims of these provinces were deeply concerned by the British policy after the 1857 ‘Revolt’ led by the Muslim landlords against their British rulers. The Muslim landlords, “whose members often came from the same aristocratic milieu, were discriminated …

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54 students trained at JMI cleared UPSC (Main) Exam

Word For Peace Fifty-four students who were given coaching and training by Residential Coaching Academy (RCA), JMI have cleared Civil Services (Main) Examination 2019. These candidates will now appear for interview. As a part of the University’s commitment to nation-building the students are provided free accommodation, library facility, classroom teaching, practice tests, etc. Subject to availability of seats, JMI will …

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(India) Salma Mahfooz: World’s First Muslim Woman Phd In Sanskrit

Word For Peace Born as Salma Begum in a Muslim family of a small town Dibai, District Bulandshahar in the northern state of India, Uttar Pradesh, she went on to become the first Muslim woman in the world to do her PhD in Sanskrit (1969), India’s ancient language. After marriage she changed her name to Salma Mahfooz. “My father, Ishtiaque Ahmed …

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Ibn Arabi’s vision for a fully human global civilisation

Word For Peace James Morris: The answer to your question is paradoxical, because almost all of Ibn Arabi’s writings are in very learned Arabic. They presuppose all the fields of religious learning that only a small group of religious scholars would know. So how can somebody who wrote for such a small audience be so influential later on, far beyond the Arabic-speaking world? …

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At UNSC, China Isolated in Pakistani Corner as Other Nations Refuse to Discuss Kashmir, India braces up for any possible developments in March

Word For Peace New Delhi: China on Wednesday once again mentioned the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council in a closed-consultation meeting but its second bid since August last year to internationalise the dispute over Kashmir came a cropper. Four other permanent five members clearly said the issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. French diplomatic sources told …

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Ibn Rushd’s reflections on Religion and Science: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Word For Peace Does science simply dismiss spirituality? Does it offer no scope for the spiritually-inclined people? This has been a baffling question that both religious scholars and scientists have grappled with for long. The truth is that human society will progress on constructive lines only when science and religion go hand in hand. Just as religious seminaries cannot progress …

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The sultan of Oman was a true peacemaker in West Asia: Talmiz Ahmad

Word For Peace In the early hours of Saturday, January 11, Oman announced that Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said would be the new Sultan of Oman. This took place within a few hours of the passing of Sultan Qabbous bin Said and set at rest intense speculation in the last few years about the succession. Qabbous came to the …

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