SRINAGAR: The department of Islamic studies, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) has initiated 10-day summer school in Kashmir, which started from June 25 and will last till July 4.
According to a statement issued here, the programme is designed to explore the possibilities of critically engaging with the question of Islam and modernity by studying both the emergence of the modern and the evolution of Muslim societies vis-à-vis the current Western-authored paradigm, from historical and philosophical dimensions.
“The programme aims to connect scholars of the Islamic tradition with young students and scholars to study the role of Islam in the modern world and develop perspectives and approaches rooted in the Islamic tradition to tackle the pressing issues in the contemporary times,” the statement said.
It said the summer school offers an intensive training program with international and national experts on various social science themes in general and Islamic studies in particular. “The programme covered themes ranging from Qur’anic Studies, Islamic Law, Esoteric aspects of Islam, sources of approaching history and historiography, challenges of modernity, Islam and Human Rights, Tassawuf and Spirituality, Western and Islamic Philosophy, and other key corollaries of the discipline,” the statement said.
Prof Kunwar Muhammad Yusuf Amin from Aligarh Muslim University on the inaugural session spoke on epistemic paradigms of approaching Islamic studies. He deliberated upon the emerging trends in Islamic studies.
Prof Afroz Bisati, who heads Islamic studies department at the varsity, gave introduction of Islamic studies as an academic discipline.
IUST Vice chancellor, Prof Mushtaq Siddiqui was assertive about the importance of Islamic studies as a discipline to cater the issues of modern Muslim people and societies.
In another session, Prof Mufti Mudasir of Kashmir University talked about the concept of God and need and nature of Revelation, and made a critical assessment of concept of revelation in Islam and Christianity.
Prof Hameed Naseem Rafiabadi of Central University of Kashmir talked about the historical sources of Kashmir. Prof Scott Kugle, University of Emory, dealt with the theme of Sufism as an Integral Aspect of Islam.
The summer school, the statement said, is gaining good response from the participants, faculty members from other universities. “This is the first ever summer school in the field of social science in Kashmir and the department intends to organize many such programmes in the future,” it added.