Two-day IOS-IIIT online International Conference on Muhammad Asad’s Life and Contribution concludes

Two-day IOS-IIIT online International Conference on Muhammad Asad’s Life and Contribution concludes

New Delhi, May 30, 2022: A two-day online International Conference on “Personality and contribution of Muhammad Asad as an international journalist, political theorist, Mufassir, and religious scholar of the 20th century” was organised by the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, India, in association with the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Herndon, USA on May 28-29, 2022.

The conference had five technical sessions, besides inaugural and valedictory sessions, which was attended by a number of scholars and students of Islamic Studies globally. There were 27 national and 18 international paper presenters who participated and presented their papers touching upon almost all aspects of Muhammad Asad’s life and his contribution to Islamic thought. Significantly, the deliberations in the conference were made upon—Muhammad Asad’s Personality, orientation and Thought; his times and emergence as a linguist, theorist and journalist; his understanding of Religions and contribution to Islamic literature and conversion; his responses to western political thoughts and its encounters from East; and his perspective about Political reconstruction in the 20th century.

The conference was inaugurated by Dato Seri Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia while the key-note address was delivered by Dr. Josef Linnhoff, Research Fellow & Editor-in-chief Institute for Advanced Usuli Studies, Columbus, Ohio, USA. The inaugural session had a release of the book Fuat Sezgin: Life and Contribution edited by Late Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, which was released by H.E. Mr. Muhamed Cengic, Ambassador, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina to India, New Delhi. The book is based on the proceedings of the two-day international conference organised by Institute of Objective Studies, on “The Life and Contributions of Prof. Fuat Sezgin” on December 20-21, 2019 at Constitution Club, New Delhi, India.

Prominent international scholars who were among the speakers in the two-day conference included—Dr. Ali Muhiuddin Al-Qaradaghi, Secretary General, International Union of Muslim Scholars, Qatar; Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Former Grand Mufti of Bosnia; Prof. Omar Hasan Kasule, Secretary General, IIIT, USA; Dr. Abdullah Fahad Al-Lheedan, Visiting Professor, KSA; Dr. Ali Ibrahim H. Namlah, Professor of Higher Studies, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, Riyadh, KSA; Prof. Dr. Koutoub Moustafa Sano, Secretary General, International Fiqh Academy, Jeddah, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Zain, Professor of Islamic Studies & Comparative Religion, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar; Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Mahmoud, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Islamic Dawah Organisation in Khartoum, Qatar; Prof. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, Founder Dean, Faculty of Theology, Ataturk University, & Founding IANT Quranic Academy, Richardson (Texas), USA; Prof. Imtiyaz Yusuf, Associate Professor, ISTAC, Malaysia; Ms. Saydoon Nisa Sayed, Coordinator, Global Network of Religious for Children, South Africa; Prof. Safwat Mustafa Khalilovitch, Professor of Interpretation and Sciences of the Quran and the Prophet’s Biography, University of Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Dr. Nirwan Syafrin, Sr. Lecturer, Ibn Khaldun University, Bogor, Indonesia; Dr. Pipip Achmad Rifai Hasan, Magister Program of Islamic Studies, Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia; and Ms. Amna Abdulkarim, Master Student of Comparative Religion, at College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar.

The valedictory session was presided over by the Chairman, IOS, Dr. M. Manzoor Alam who described Muhammad Asad as a Mujaddid, who used new tools of Ijtihad to develop faculty of mind and intellect. The valedictory address was delivered by Prof. M Afzal Wani, Vice-Chairman, IOS while the vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Haseena Hashia, Assistant Secretary General, IOS and thus the conference concluded successfully in the evening with adoption of 6-points of resolutions.

The conference adopted a 6-point resolution in its valedictory session which are as follows:

  1. That the life and contribution of Muhammad Asad being most relevant to the developments in 20th century in terms of thought, ideologies, and political, economic and social systems, should be studied with due concern to understand best intellectual trends in the recent past and now prevailing thought and practices.
  2. That the world over, even after very significant developments in sciences and technology, people continuously suffer due to prevailing contradictions in belief, faulty economic policies, war culture and disharmony, there is a call for attention of the responses of scholars like Muhammad Asad to adopt a course correction for giving right and balanced shape and direction to existing academic and research cultures.
  3. That the existing institutions and universities should have specific research programmes for exploring the socio-economic and political environment, with responses of Muhammad Asad to that, through his literary endeavors and actual performances by working in different capacities.
  4. That proper methodologies should be developed for inter-religious understanding as has been adopted by Muhammad Asad to deliver the facts with original flavors and natural essence.
  5. That a very focused research programmes may be adopted to further understand Muhammad Asad’s responses to Western political thought and its practice now.
  6. That there should be a facilitation of the communication and collaboration among the scholars interested in this discipline for frequent exchange of ideas and propagation.

The detailed report of the said conference, will follow soon.


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