Symposium on ‘Reclaiming the Progressive Iqbal’

A symposium on Sir Muhammad Iqbal titled ‘In Search of Lost Voice: Reclaiming the Progressive Iqbal’ was held at GCW M. A. Road, Srinagar on May 9, 2019. The event was organised by Department of Philosophy of the college.
Speaking on the sub-theme titled ‘Dr. Muhammad Iqbal between History and Memory’, Principal of the college, Prof. (Dr.) Yasmeen Ashai pointed out the need to understand the essence of Iqbal’s work and philosophy.
Prof. Ashai shared her experience of meeting Iqbal’s son and noted legal luminary Dr. Javaid Iqbal on one of her trips to Pakistan as part of a women’s group. Prof. Ashai narrated how she would often consult her mother, who happens to be an authority on Iqbal, to fathom some of the verses of the revered philosopher poet.
Prof. Mudasir Mufti of English Department of Kashmir University spoke on the sub-theme ‘Traditionalist or Progressive: rethinking Iqbal Beyond the Either/Or’. He looked to dispel the binaries often associated with Iqbal. Prof. Mudasir underlined the progressive thought in Iqbal’s work. He cited Iqbal’s major philosophic work ‘The Reconstruction of religious thought in Islam’. Prof. Mudasir answered queries of students and faculty members.
Some college students also read their papers. Abrar Ashraf, 3rd semester student of Dept of Journalism & Mass Communication presented a paper ‘Iqbal and the Question Concerning Secularism’. Babra Rafi of 3rd semester of English spoke on ‘Unshackling Eve: Iqbal’s (Mis)reading of Womenhood’. Irtiza Qadri of semester 3 presented paper on ‘Re-reading Iqbal on Partition’.
The Department of Philosophy had invited papers from students on the theme ‘In Search of Lost Voice: Reclaiming the Progressive Iqbal’ out of which the aforementioned three papers were selected for the symposium.
On the occasion, a momento was presented to the guest speaker Prof. Mudasir Mufti while certificates were given to the participating students.
The event started with the welcome address given HOD Philosophy Prof. Sami Jan while the inaugural address was given by Prof. Saliha Shah. The event concluded with vote of thanks by Prof. Saliha.