AWANTIPORA: The International Centre for Spiritual Studies (ICSS), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) launched the maiden issue of ‘The International Journal of Spirituality (TIJOS), at university auditorium here on Wednesday.
Head ICSS, Dr S Iqbal Quraishi said, the journal was launched by the centre so as to promote the research culture in the university. “It aims to provide a platform to research scholars from all disciplines to highlight the spiritual heritage of various traditions,” he said adding that ICSS was established to encourage spiritual studies as well as spiritual response to the growing ideological conflict, a varsity release read.
This is the maiden journal which has come out from IUST since its establishment.
The launch ceremony started off with a lecture of Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the only Muslim academic who has delivered the Grifford lectures, and is also the editorial board member of the journal. Professor Nasr started congratulated the university and the International Centre for Spiritual Studies (ICSS) for introducing journal. “Over the centuries, this earthly paradise and also its spiritually receptive people drew many special figures to itself, he said.
He discussed the importance of reintroducing spirituality in the postmodern world “where morality is altogether absent from the public discourse”. Nasr talked about the importance of reintroducing spirituality in the public sphere and to use it as an anchor to shape morality-based education system.
Professor of Georgetown University, Patrick Laude, an expert on spiritual and philosophical studies talked about the importance of fostering spirituality and how Kashmir can play an important role in shaping a balance narrative of spirituality and normative ethical framework in the times of extremities and radicalism. Laude also talked about the importance of shaping an inter-religious discourse “when the ideological conflicts have created discord within the world”.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor IUST, Prof Mushtaq A Siddiqi said the new generation needs to learn spirituality, as spiritual studies are nowadays as important as science and technology. “Technological education is not enough in contemporary times. We also need to address our issues of self that will be depicted by spirituality,” he said.