The Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program organized a two day international seminar in partnership with the University of Calcutta, Department of Arabic and Persian, titled “Taqreeb - Propagation of Harmonious Relations in Mughal, British and Independent India: The Writings and Activism of Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Emperor Akbar, Prince Dara Shikoh, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Abul Kalam Azad and other Religious and Political Muslim Leaders.”
The conference itself was a manifestation of the spirit of taqreeb - it brought together many different narratives from the Muslim community across the Shia Sunni spectrum as well as discussions from the Hindu and Christian perspectives. Around fifty professors, scholars, and politicians delivered academic presentations and speeches at the conference, on various important topics of promoting communal harmony and peaceful coexistence among people of different faiths and races. The Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Sri Partha Chatterjee was the guest of honor. The Minister of Mass Education and Libraries, Janab Siddiqullah Chaudhury, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta Professor Ashutosh Ghosh, Members of Parliament and religious leaders also participated in the inaugural session. Many speakers were heads of their respective academic departments, and high level government officials. Over a hundred students also attended during the course of its two days. The conference was widely covered by print and television media.
Selected papers from the conference will be made available here soon.
This resolution was proposed by the Qutbi Jubilee Scholarship Program and was adopted by the participants of the 2016 Taqreeb Conference.
We the participants resolve to:
- spread the message of Taqreeb in our milieu especially among our students and colleagues
- teach courses that encourage Taqreeb and educate students of writings and activism of stalwarts of Taqreeb
- pursue research interests on Taqreeb particularly with the mindset of understanding the differences between and within religions and cultures and focus efforts on identifying the common areas
- explore and initiate efforts to bring people together and unite people on Taqreeb
- expand the horizon of Taqreeb to all faiths, religions, communities, and ideologies