Scholars underscore essence of interfaith dialogue
SRINAGAR: Intellectuals of repute on Monday called for inter-faith debates to narrow down differences between the peoples of the world to ensure a peaceful and dignified world. The scholars spoke at the launch of new book authored by renowned historian Dr Sheikh Mohammad Iqbal, titled Islam and Christianity in Balance (General history of relations, religion and resumption of dialogue).
A galaxy of intellectuals and scholars from academics, civil society, government services and media attended the event.
Dr Iqbal introduced the book and highlighted the essence of interfaith dialogue in its historic perspective. He said that the scholastic effort has been carried out across centuries to bring the people of faith closer to each other. He also deliberated on the present situation in Kashmir and asked the people to obtain guidance from the spiritual aspect of their faith.
In his address noted jurist and member of state accountability commission Justice (retd) Bashir A Kirmani expressed pessimism on the possibility of bringing the people of Christianity, Islam and Judaism pretty closer. He underscored the areas of difference and how Muslim world was inherently divided in nations, sects and sub-national identities. He said the in the contect of Kashmir’s own issues of existence, the need of the hour was to start a dialogue between Muslims and Hindus.
Noted historian Sheikh Abdul Ahad, columnist ZG Muhammad and noted pediatrician and author Dr Altaf Mufti, who also presided over the function, also spoke on the occasion.
Dr Iqbal is known historian, who has headed department of archives and archaeology in 1970s. Author of around 45 books, he has extensively written on Muslim affairs, gulf history, Pakistan and its leaders.