The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre invited for the first Iqbal Day on 14 December 2017, commemorating the 140th birthday of poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. More than 80 guests attended the programme that included a lecture, recitations of poems and a musical performance.
The guests were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide, Head of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster, by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi, Deputy Head of the Centre and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Ameer Khurram Rathore. Professor Karimi spoke in his introductory words about Iqbal’s familiarity with the questions of Islamic Theology, Islamic mysticism and European literature and philosophy. Karimi recognized Iqbal as a worthy representative for successful dialogue between cultures and religion and one of the most authentic representatives of 20th century Islamic scholarship.
The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre, established in January 2017, will host this year the Iqbal Day to commemorate the birthday of the Muslim thinker Muhammad Iqbal who was born 140 years ago. This Iqbal Day will highlight the motif of the journey in Iqbal’s works.
Muhammad Iqbal often describes life as a journey to God. We all are travellers. Where does this journey of life lead us? It is the longing for God leading us to this journey that does not resemble any other journey. The journey is of existential and spiritual importance because this journey happens to ourselves whilst we exist – this is the way we travel. The spiritual momentum of this journey is about binding it to our heart.
Around 200 experts, young reseachers and students were invited to the first Muhammad Iqbal Symposium titled "Limits and Transcending Limits. The Antagonism of Philosophy and Religion" on 20 and 21 November 2015. The participants had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss theological and religious philosophical questions closely linked to the work of Muhammad Iqbal. The kick-off event for a series of events and research activities marks a successful start for a revitalisation of Iqbal Studies in Europe and worldwide.
First Muhammad Iqbal Symposium announced: Limits and Transcending Limits. The Antagonism of Philosophy and Religion
The event will be dedicated to the thoughts of the Islamic poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal (d. 1938). Experts, students as well as interested guests will have the opportunity to engage in intensive dialogue about the rich heritage of the Islamic 'allround scholar' in whose honour the German sculptor Karl Oppenrieder created a memorial on Habsburgerplatz in Munich in 1968. As Muhammad Iqbal's works represent an explicit focus in the research activities of the Chair for Kalām, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism, the Centre for Islamic Theology Münster (ZIT) will hold an annual Muhammad Iqbal Event beginning with 2015. This expert meeting will not only allow discussions and in-depth deliberations but it will also include accounts of the individual research activities surrounding the work of Muhammad Iqbal.