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Current Affairs ( 10 March 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Two-Day Seminar on Sufism to Be Held At Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Organised By Centre for Dalit and Minority Studies in Collaboration with New Age Islam Foundation





New Age Islam Edit Desk

March 11, 2013

A two day national seminar on Sufism titled, ‘Sufism in contemporary world: An inclusive framework’ is going to be organised by K. R. Narayanan Centre for Dalit and Minority Studies in collaboration with New Age Islam Foundation at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on March 13 and 14, 2013.

The seminar seeks to explore the Sufi culture in present perspective to access its relevance in contemporary times when we boast of being modern but where society is still ridden with caste and communal hostilities and gender imbalances. There is a need to re-look into our own past, revive and rediscover our own culture to ascertain answers to many a biases that have crept into our society. In this regard, one needs to explore the strength of Sufi culture and explore the relevance of its perspectives in contemporary times.

The Sufis have remained in the vanguard of promoting peace and harmony so essential for an inclusive society where bonds are formed on basis of mutual love and respect.  They are the ones who embraced in their fold people of all class, religion and gender without distinction of high and low. The Sufis incessantly worked in their mission in promoting social justice and equality that too mostly in common language of the people. The Sufis remained devoted to service to humanity where individual interests were relegated in the interest of communal harmony. It is thus imperative that a seminar is held to explore the viability of Sufism in the present scenario.

                             The Seminar Will Be Held In Four Thematic Sessions

(i)      Historical Aspect of Sufism

(ii)     Sufi activists

(iii)    Sufi Literature and Regional impact

(iv)     Contemporary Relevance in India

                                               List of the Confirmed Participants

Prof. Iqtedar Hussain Siddiqui,

Eminent Historian, Expert on Sufism, Centre Of Advanced Study

Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University

Prof Syed Liyaqat Hussain Moini

Expert on Sufism, (History)

Centre Of Advanced Study, Department of History,

Aligarh Muslim University

Prof. S.M Azizuddin Hussain,

Expert on Sufism (History)

Director, Rampur Raza Library, Rampur

Prof. Mohinder Singh,

 Member, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, MHRD, GoI.

Prof. (Ms.) Syed Bilqis Fatima Husaini

Expert on Sufism

Former HoD, Dept of Persian, DU

Prof. Nasir Naqvi

Expert on Sufism

Urdu, Punjabi University, Patiala,

Director, Baba Farid Centre for Sufi Studies, Punjabi University

Prof. Aslam Islahi,

Arabic Scholar,

Dean, School of Languages, JNU

Prof. M. Shafey Kidwai,

Chairman, Department of Mass Communication, AMU Communication Theories, History of Journalism, Broadcast Writing, Urdu Journalism

Prof Kuljit Shellie

Eminent Scholar, Expert on Sufism

Department of Punjabi,

Delhi University,


Dr. Sameena Hasan Siddiqui

Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Comparative Religion & Civilizations, JMI

Dr Manjit Singh

HoD, Department of Punjabi,

Delhi University, Delhi-110007

Member, Sufi Foundation of India

Prof Quddus Jawaid

Eminent Urdu critic

Former HoD Urdu department,

University of Kashmir

Dr Ranjeeta Dutta

Associate Professor, History, JMI

Dr. Mohammad Aleem

Renowned novelist, Dramatist and Script Writer

Dr. Moula Baksh,

Renowned Critic

Associate Professor, Urdu, DU

Dr. Akhlaque Ahan

Expert on Sufism,

Assistant Professor, Persian, JNU

Dr. Rashid Anwar 

Assistant Professor, Urdu, AMU

Dr Waseem Begum

Assistant Regional Director


Dr. Syed Ali Kazim

History, Jawaharlal Nehru Fund, Teenmurti House

Dr. Malik Rajkumar

Hindi poet and short story, novel writer, editor of a magazine

Dr. A A Siddiqui IPS, Retd. DGP

Chairman, Sufi Foundation India

1108, Sector: 8-C, Chandigarh

Prof. Manindra Thakur

Associate Professor,

Centre for Political Studies, JNU

Sadia Dehlavi,

Expert on Sufism

Prof. Sadiq,Expert on Sufism,

Former HoD, Dept of Urdu, DU

All are cordially invited.