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Lecture on "Study in the United States" at IIUI
Lincoln Corner, International Islamic University, Islamabad organized a lecture on "Study in the United States". Dr. Grace C. Cark, Executive Director, the United States Education foundation of Pakistan (USEFP) informed the audiences about the role of USEFP, US scholarship programs, specially the FULBRIGHT, educational advisory and higher education opportunities in the US. Ms. Brook S. Moppert, Vice Consuler, U.S. Embassy in Pakistan guided the participants about the application process for a student visa. Both the speakers also answered the questions of the participants. Ealier Yaqub Ali, Chief Librarian IIUI warmly welcomed the resource persons, faculty and students. He briefly introduced the resource persons and their topics.


Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Advisor Student Affairs, Dr. Hussain Ahmed Paracha and female students addressing "Orientation Ceremony of the Pakistan Studies" at the New Campus.


Dr. Grace C. Ccark, Executive Director, The United States Education Foundation Pakistan Chapter addressing at the International Islamic University Islamabad on "Study in U.S"

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Germany to extend cooperation to IIUI; International Conference on Islam and Feminism in November 2008
Federal Republic of Germany has decided to cooperate with the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in academic field and holding an International Conference on Islam and Feminism. It was announced by the German Ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Gunter Mulack at a meeting with Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Rector, IIUI and Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President IIUI here on Wednesday. Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari, Acting Executive Director, Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) and Director, Islamic Research Institute IIUI and Ms. Katharina Lack First Secretary, Head of Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Germany were also present of the occasion. Dr. Gunter Mulack said that Goethe Institute of Germany would help IIUI in holding an International Conference on Islam and Feminism in Karachi and Islamabad in November this year under the auspices of newly established Iqbal International Institute for research and Dialogue. He added that the Dialogue between east and west is must for world peace as many western countries are in need of this sort of dialogue between the two sides. Dr. Gunter showed keen interest in the achievements of the International Islamic University Islamabad in last 27 years of its existence. He assured full support of German Universities and other academic institutions to the IIUI. Both Dr. Manzoor Ahmed and Dr. Anwar Siddiqui expressed their gratitude to the Federal Republic of Germany for this offer of cooperation.


Dr. Gunter Mulack, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany talking with Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Rector and Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President International Islamic University, Islamabad on means and ways of Academic cooperation from German Institutions with the University.

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Central Library’s Service Hours Extended up to 10:00 p.m.
In the better interest of the research students and the faculty, Central Library has decided to extend its Service Hours up to 10.00 P.M. Revised timings will be observed from February 25, 2008. All the readers of the library are requested to benefit from the extended timings to fulfill their information and research needs.

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Internet Workshop on Black History Month
Lincoln Corner invites you to attend an “Internet Workshop on Black History Month”on February 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. The venue of this workshop is Lincoln Corner, Central Library, International Islamic University, H-10, Islamabad. To know more about the “Black History Month”, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month
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Book Review at Da'wah Academy IIUI
A Book Review Session will be held on Thursday 26th February 2008 at 11:00 am at Da'wah Academy, International Islamic University, Islamabad Prof. Abdul Jabbar Shakrir, Director, Da'wah Academy, IIUI, Shaukat Hayat, Assistant Professor, Shariah Academy, IIUI and Abdul Farid Brohi, Lecturer, Da'wah Academy, IIUI will Review following Books.
 -  Hayat-e-Sarwar-e-Kayenat
 -  Interpreting Quran towards contemporary approach.
 -  Islamic Riysat and Muslim Tarz-e-Hukkumat.
 

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Ms. Constance Jones renewed US academics Support for IIUI

Ms. Constance Jones, US Cultural Attache in Islamabad (sitting on extreme right) called on Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). She renewed US academics Support for IIUI

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Internet Workshop on Black History Month
Lincoln Corner invites you to attend an “Internet Workshop on Black History Month" on February 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. The venue of this workshop is Lincoln Corner, Central Library, International Islamic University, H-10, Islamabad. To know more about the “Black History Month”, please Click here.


Dr. Muzafar Iqbal, President Center for Islam and Science, Sherwood park, Alberta, Canada speaking on "Concise Encyclopedia of the Qur'an-Raison d'etre and Outline" at the Islamic Research Institute of International Islamic University Islamabad. He Urged upon the need of rapid preparation of a Concise Qur'anic Encyclopedia for future generation with out any discrimination at world level. He also criticized orient lists who are defaming Qur'an and Islam.

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Education is Key to a sustainable society and basic element of progress, German Scholar
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schluchter ,Director Centre for Human Ecology at the University of Technology Cottbus, Germany delivered a lecture on "Education: The Key to a sustainable society" at the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddique President IIUI presided over the lecture while Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari Acting Executive Director of the Iqbal International Institute for research and Dialogue introduced the guest speaker.

Dr. Wolfgang said that the transition from the industrial society to the service society brought substantial changes in terms of the qualification structure of the German population. This is a consequence of increasing productive forces and ongoing economic rationalization along with the increasing complexity of social and economic systems. Further bureaucratization of society is another consequence of this development. The transformation of the service society into a knowledge society is a consequence from the offer in excess of old-fashioned work qualification and an increasing need of soft skilled labor.

Dr. Wolfgang added that the need for regulation, communication and control rises. Altogether the development thus leads to intensified division of labour. Globalization strengthens competition between the different modes of production and systems. Thus a transformation of the productive forces is triggered, which must be accommodated by the cultural and knowledge-based substance of society if German society wants to keep us with competition. In addition to capital, natural resources, physical activity, knowledge has become a productive force in its own right. It plays an ever larger economic role with far-ranging effects on the environment.

The German scholar further said that knowledge is responsible for both positive and negative development in society. It embodies enormous emancipatory potential while holding both risks and opportunities in store. Increasing knowledge is closely associated with growing ignorance-implying an increased risk of erroneous trends as well. From this a perspective follows the need to integrate elements of participative democracy into the system as an amendment for the parliamentary democracy. This is turn also requires increasing knowledge not only for elites but also for the public. This is the condition for successfully coping with the ecological and social challenges facing the world. Basis for such a development is the emergence of the "Knowledge society". This may be Germany's contribution to the rest of the world: and to its own future as well, concluded Dr. Wolfgang.

He also answered various questions raised by students of the University and the Media Persons.

Here is a brief CV of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schluchter.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schluchter is the Director of the Centre for Human Ecology at the University of Technology Cottbus, Germany. He is one of the World's foremost experts on the sociology of Max Weber and has written on a wide range of topics from a Weberian perspective, including the rise of rationalism in modern society, religious commitment in the modern world, and the intersection of interpretative sociology and systems theory. His publication in English include The Rise of Western Rationalism: Max Weber's Developmental History Perspective (University of California Press, 1985); Rationalism, Religion, and Domination: A Weberain Perspective (University of California Press, 1989); Paradoxes of Modernity: Culture and Conduct in the Theory of Max Weber, Translator, (Stanford University Press, 1996); co-edited with Toby Huff; and Public Spberes and collective identities (Transaction :2001), co-edited with S.N. Eisenstadt.


German Scholar, Dr Wolfgang Schluchter, speaking on "Education; Key to Sustainable society" at the international Islamic University Islamabad (IIU). Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President IIUI and Dr. Zafar Ishaque Ansari, of the Iqbal International Institute also spoke on the occassion.


German Scholar, Dr Wolfgang Schluchter, speaking on "Education; Key to Sustainable society" at the international Islamic University Islamabad (IIU).

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One Day Seminar on “Developing Competencies for Information Professionals in the New Era". held at Central Library, IIUI
Library & Information Profession is changing its dimensions according to the developments in information environment. Library & Information Centers have new organizational set-ups, resources and services. The role of LIS Professionals has become more significant and new competency standards are emerging for their work.

Keeping in view the importance of the subject, Central Library, IIUI organized a Seminar on “Developing Competencies for Information Professionals in the New Era”. Professor Dr. Sajjad-ur-Rehman, Library and Information Science School, Kuwait University, was the resources person.

Yaqub Ali, Chief Librarian, IIUI welcomed the resource person and participants in his opening words. Library & Information Professionals from various organizations of the twin cities participated in the seminar.

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On Common Ground: America & Islam
"Ask America web chat" at 11:00pm. Thursday, 14th February, 2008"
Diversity is a corner stone of American society. In fact, U.S. citizens come from virtually every ethnic and religious community in the world. As the face of America changes, Americans of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are making efforts to better understand each other. Join Courtney Erwin, who will discuss Islam-West engagement and the ways in which Americans of various backgrounds are discussing and acting on their common and unique values. Courtney Erwin is chief of staff and director of programs at the Cordoba Initiative, an international, multi-faith organization founded in 2002 committed to healing divisions between Muslim and Western societies. It does this through civil dialogue, policy initiatives, education, and cultural programs. Prior to joining the Cordoba Initiative, Courtney worked at the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington as their Coordinator for Religious Freedom. Courtney holds a Juries Doctor in international law and mediation; a Master of Arts in Islamic law; and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, with a concentration on Muslim-Christian Understanding.

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Iranian Dy. Foreign Minister Visits IIUI
Dr. Manuchehr Muhammadi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Education & Research of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the International Islamic University Islamabad on Saturday evening. Dr. Anwar H. Siddiqui, President of the University received the Iranian dignitary and apprised him of the objectives of the University and its achievements during last 27 years of its inception. Dr. Siddiqui added that the University is imparting education not only in traditional but in modern and contemporary disciplines as well. Dr. Siddiqui said that the University has established its Faculties of Management, Applied and Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Computer Science in addition to its faculties for Languages and Islamic Studies. Dr. Siddiqui vowed that the University shall continue its endeavors to equip Muslim youth with modern education merged with traditional Islamic knowledge enabling them to meet all the challenges of the modern world.

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister lauded the role of International Islamic University and assured Dr. Siddiqui of his country's support for the University in the form of educational cooperation. The Iranian Government shall depute a few faculty members to the International Islamic University to strengthen its Persian department, and to develop exchange of teachers for study and research. He also invited the IIU President to visit Iran and see its educational institutions.


Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) talking to Dr. Manuchehr Mohammadi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Research and Education at the University on Saturday evening.

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Dr. Syed Misbahuddin speaks on Efficient Data Communication Techniques
Dr. Manuchehr Muhammadi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Education & Research of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the International Islamic University Islamabad on Saturday evening. Dr. Anwar H. Siddiqui, President of the University received the Iranian dignitary and apprised him of the objectives of the University and its achievements during last 27 years of its inception. Dr. Siddiqui added that the University is imparting education not only in traditional but in modern and contemporary disciplines as well. Dr. Siddiqui said that the University has established its Faculties of Management, Applied and Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Computer Science in addition to its faculties for Languages and Islamic Studies. Dr. Siddiqui vowed that the University shall continue its endeavors to equip Muslim youth with modern education merged with traditional Islamic knowledge enabling them to meet all the challenges of the modern world.

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister lauded the role of International Islamic University and assured Dr. Siddiqui of his country's support for the University in the form of educational cooperation. The Iranian Government shall depute a few faculty members to the International Islamic University to strengthen its Persian department, and to develop exchange of teachers for study and research. He also invited the IIU President to visit Iran and see its educational institutions.

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Author's Introduction
Dr. Syed Misbahuddin received the BE degree in Electronics from Dawood College of Engineering & Technology, Karachi Pakistan in 1983, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kind Fahd University of Petroleum and Mincrals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1988 and Doctor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI, USA.

From 1988-1992, he was an Assistant Professor in Computer System department, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, where he was engaged in variety of computer engineering research. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Misbahuddin was with King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia. Presently, Dr. Syed Misbahuddin in working as Assistant Professor in department of computer Science and Software engineering, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in computer engineering, data reduction algorithm and distributed computing.


Dr. Syed Misbahuddin, Head Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering University of Hail, Saudi Arabia addressing on an Efficient Data Communication Tech for Embedded Communication at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

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Lecture on Strategic vision at IIUI
Professor Amanullah Head Faculty of Business Administration of the International Islamic University Islamabad shall deliver follow up lecture on strategic vision at the central library of the University on Friday, February08, 2008 at 3.00 p.m.

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Books Exhibition at IlUI

Central Library aims to develop the collection according to the needs and demands of the students, faculty members and research scholars. Library always uses proactive approach to fulfill the needs of its users.

Our recent event of collection development is the books exhibition on Mass Communication. The event was held on Thursday 7th February, 2008 at Seminar Room, Central Library, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Renowned books sellers from twin cities attended the exhibition. They brought latest books published on Mass Communication. Director Centre for Media and Communication Studies, Professor Dr. Masrur Alam Khan with faculty members from both male and female campuses attended the exhibition. The exhibition formerly inaugurated by the Vice President (Academics) Dr. Muhammad Khalifa Hassan Ahmad. Vice President (Academics) admired the efforts made by the acquisition department of the Central Library in facilitating the collection development for the new departments of the University by arranging such subject specific book exhibitions. He laid emphasis on arranging such exhibitions for different subjects taught in the university, at faculty level. Chief Librarian, Mr. Yaqub Ali and Head technical Services Division Mr. Muhammad A. Ganaee ensured to continue this practice for other faculties too and thanked the books sellers, Director Centre for Media and Communication Studies and Faculty Members for participating in this exhibition.

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Karen Armstrong addresses at IIUI
Muslims were traditionally tolerant over centuries and they had set examples for others it was stated by world renowned scholar and author Karen Armstrong while delivering a lecture on "Tolerance in Islam : A historical Perspective" at the Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad under the auspices of the Iqbal International Instituate of research, Education and Dialogue (IRD), an off shoot of the International Islamic University Islamabad. University Rector Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, President Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui and Institute's executive directors Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari also spoke on the occasion. Her lecture was widely attended by the representatives of all walks of life. Karen Armstrong added that the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) was a torch bearer of tolerance not only for his followers but for whole the world of his time and times to come till doomsday.

She criticized western vested interests who defame Islam by terming Muslims as terrorists. Here are some clippings of her lecture from the Pakistani press appeared on Feb. 2,2008

Over come ego to overcome intolerance: Karen Armstrong

Scholar on religions Karen Armstrong has advised Muslims to use the Pluralism and Inclusiveness in Islam to overcome the intolerance prevailing in today's world.

"We are living in a world full of strife and intolerance which is pushing peoples into ideological ghettos," she said in a lecture as guest of the International Islamic University Islamabad Friday.

Alongside the intolerance, however, existed the desire for understanding. She said the postmodern mind in the West was trying to reach out to old religious traditions and suggested Muslims should respond to it.

Her next book on how the West came to atheism may be called "The Case for God", she said.

Ms Armstrong, who is world renowned for her scholarship and books on religions, said, "intolerance hinders spiritual quest and leads to atrocities not compassion-the true test of religiosity".

She told her huge audience of university students and others that her books on Islam were meant to clear the minds of "my own people" about Islam. She has given to the revised edition of her popular biography of the Prophet of Islam the title Muhammad the Prophet of our Times.

"That's my jihad against West's Islamophobia," she said about her literary works.

Intolerance grows out of ignorance or bloated ego and can be conquered "by stepping out of self", she observed.

She quoted from Islamic history and the works of Rumi and Ibn al-Arabi to illustrate the pluralism in Islam and said the Christians in Al-Quds had such love for Salah ad-Din Ayyubi when he ejected the Crusaders from the holy city that they believed he was a Christian sent by God to free them of the Crusader's tyranny.

"I have no idea but there is hope out there," Ms Armstrong said to a question at the end of her lecture whether intolerance would be overcome.

"We (the older generation) are stuck in our own ideas but you are not. You have clear, clean minds and have youthful energy to embrace the new," she said addressing the university students filling the galleries of the Jinnah convention Center, the venue of her lecture.

"Use technology to spread the compassion and respect for other that Islam teaches. You can save the world," she said to great applause.


Karen Armstrong

We have the greatest task to build a global community to propagate the massage of tolerance advance pluralism, said world famed scholar on comparative religions Karen Armstrong here on Friday.

"Do not attach yourself only with one religious tradition and remain in touch with other traditions as well that can bridge the gap between the people of different religions and bring them closer", Armstrong noted while delivering a lecture on "Tolerance in Islam: A Historical perspective" organized by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and the Iqbal International Institute of Research & Dialogue.

"People are reaching out to the traditions of other religions and the ice is melting. The Americans are reading Rumi who was a Muslim. The Muslim can also lead in it. Intolerance makes people cruel, it hinders spiritual quest. It is dangerous as it can lead to atrocity, she observed.

Talking about the story if Miraj, which is a message of inclusion, pluralism and acceptance, she said the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) met every prophet including Jesus, Moses and Ibrahim and listened to them. They listened to each other's advises which is an example of tolerance, which is an example of tolerance.

She said Islam preaches tolerance and does not discriminate among the prophet. The holy Quran says "We make no discriminations to other prophet".

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) didn't say all the prophets were wrong and I have come with a new religion. But Christianity and Judasim supersede other religions.

She said the word Jahlia (the age of ignorance) was aggressive and the Prophet (PBHU) instead of the promoted forbearance and tolerance asked them to pray several times a day, which is a great practice of giving up oneself and controlling ones ego.

Talking about the myth that Islam was spread with sword, Armstrong said this was not true at all and there was no true at all and there was no attempt to convert the people into Islam through power. Salhuddin took the city without bloodshed. But after the Crusades the Jerusalem was never the same and people become conscious about their identity.


Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President, International Islamic University, Islamabad presenting University crest to World Renowned Scholar Karen Armstrong after her lecture on " Tolerance in Islam; A historical Perspective"


Karen Armstrong at the stage of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) during her lecture on "Tolerance in Islam; A Historical Perspective". On her left is Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Rector of the University while on her right is Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President, IIUI.


Karen Armstrong addressing at the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Dr. Manzoor Ahmed, Rector, Dr. Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President, Dr. Zafar Ishaq Ansari, Acting Executive Director, IRD, Amin Hashwani Vice Chairman IRD and Farhat Mujtaba, Director Women Campus also spoke on the Occasion.
 

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