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Shehzada Dr Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin’s Keynote Address at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

6 January 2017

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Shehzada Dr Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin was invited to deliver the opening keynote address at an international interdisciplinary conference on Society, Culture and Morality: East and West, held at one of the most prestigious universities in India, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), from 26-29 December 2016. 

Addressing more than a 100 scholars and students, who had come to attend the conference from around India and abroad, Shehzada Husain Bhaisaheb spoke on the pertinent subject of “Reading Morals from Islamic Scriptures”. He presented a detailed analysis of the various challenges and issues that are faced by scholars today in the exercise of deriving moral values from the Qur’an and Hadith (the sayings of Rasulullah SA).

Shehzada Husain Bhaisaheb concluded his address by thanking the organizers of the conference, especially the Centre of Arabic and African Studies at JNU. Emphasising the critical importance of such forums of intellectual exchange, he elaborated upon one of the primary aims of Fatemi Dawat’s Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program (QJSP): to promote and sponsor occasions of intercommunal learning that can encourage taqrib and harmonious coexistence between Muslim denominations, as well as between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.

The keynote – which lasted for around 50 minutes, and was followed by a stimulating question and answer session of over an hour – was well-received and appreciated by the attendees. During the conference, Shehzada Husain Bhaisaheb was also invited to chair and present his evaluation of a panel of papers on the subject of “Moral Values in Arabic Poetry”.

Click here to view Shehzada Husain Bhaisaheb's Qur'an Majeed Series - published on FatemiDawat.com.