The Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) of the international Islamic University, Islamabad organized a one day seminar on “The Islam and the West” in collaboration with GIFT University, on 22 December 2017. Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Department of History and Keough School of Global Affairs, USA was the chief guest while Dr. Mahan Hussain Mirza, Professor of the Practice at University of Notre Dame, USA was guest of honor.
Dr. Ebrahim Moosa expressed his gratitude and thanked Professor Dr. Ammar Khan Nasir of GIFT University, Gujranwala and Dr. Husnul Amin, Executive Director, IRD for facilitation of his visit to Pakistan and providing him an opportunity to share his views and thoughts with the academia, intellectuals, faculty members and scholars of both the universities. He talked on the most significant political dimensions of modernism and its distorting influence on the writings of western scholars about non-western cultures.
He said that the contemporary western civilization is a product of the enlightenment and it has basically a rational and empirical attitude. Every spiritual practice serves a purpose according to what drives us to spirituality. It is not about continuing a tradition to actively explore our inner world. He shared about news of Germany that more than half the population believed that Islam did not belong to their country.
Prof. Dr. Mustafeez Ahmad Alavi, Director, Department of Fine Arts and Social Sciences, GIFT University, Gujranwala thanked the distinguished guests and IRD for arranging such an important seminar. He stressed the Ph.D Scholars to learn more and more if they want to have a vital contribution in their disciplines.
Prof. Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Akhtar, Dean, FASS and Mr. Ammar Khan Nasir, GIFT University, Gujranwala also talked on the occasion.