The Department of Islamic Studies, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, India organized two day National Seminar “Islamic Studies: Concept, Present Scenario and Future” in collaboration with Henry Martyn Institute (HMI), Hyderabad on 24th and 25th April, 2019.
Eminent Scholar, Prof. Abdul Ali, Former Head, Dept. of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University delivered the keynote address. There is no justification for so called Islamophobia based on a deliberate mischievous misrepresentation of contemporary Islam and Muslims. Islamic Studies as a branch of Social Sciences can play a vital role in removing misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam and Muslims, Prof. Ali expressed.
Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor quoting extensively from the Holy Quran, highlighted the parameters set by the Holy book to lay the foundation of a Society based on communal harmony and peaceful co-existence. He asked the scholar to revise the Syllabi of Islamic Studies and make provision for interface study with other branches of Social and Natural Sciences.
Rev. Dr. Packiam T. Samuel, Director, HMI in his address as Chief Guest, spoke about the approach of the institute towards Islamic Studies and it’s focus on Inter faith dialogue and peace building.Prof. Iqtidar Mohd. Khan, Former Head, Dept. of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia in his address as guest of honour, rued the fact that Muslims, despite increase in their numerical strength, has been on decline in terms of progress and development.