Iqbal Day (2017)
14 December 2017
“To get to the place of the Self means to live.”
Muhammad Iqbal (1877 – 1938)
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.
Daniel Roters, Research Assistant at the Chair for Kalām, Islamic Philosophy und Mysticism, gave an insight into the work of the Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre. He highlighted the objective of a complete edition of Muhammad Iqbal’s writings for a systematic approach towards Iqbal’s thought.
The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre was endowed with research literature by IGMG. Ali Kizilkaya, General Secretary of IGMG, praised the Research Institute in his words and complimented the institution for its efforts in the field of Iqbal Studies. Prof. Dr. Karimi held a lecture about the motif of the traveller in Iqbal’s thought and highlighted Iqbal’s efforts to determine the relation between philosophy and religion in a fresh way as someone crossing borders. This crossing of frontiers is in Professor Karimi’s words, the lot of every human being, especially of the believer who is a traveller on a journey, motivated by his longing for God. This journey is in Iqbal’s words of existential meaning. Islam is therefore not the end but the beginning and the performance of this journey that means essentially knowledge.
A recitation of Iqbal’s poems and a musical performance by Musician Berus Nezhad ended the event.
Iqbal Studies are a focal research field at the Chair for Kalām, Islamic Philosophy und Mysticism at the Centre for Islamic Theology in Münster.
Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad , the Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre Karimi wants to establish a fundamental framework for the revitalisation of Iqbal Studies and the systematic research of Iqbal's works in Europe with partners worldwide. It aims to support scholars and young researchers and sees itself as as a research network and think tank. The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre is not only dedicated to Iqbal's work but strives to provide innovative impulses for Islamic thought.
Deutsche Welle Pakistan has covered the event. The story is accessible via http://p.dw.com/p/2pSGW
Pakize Altinas, Student at the Centre for Islamic Theology, documented the event with a short film, covering some of her impressions of the event.
Iqbal Day 2018 will be on 11 December 2018. Then we will be concerned with the motif of love in Muhammad Iqbal’s thought and works.