7th International Conference

“Tradition and Modernity in Islamic Thought: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”

Conference Dates: 13-14 March 2023


Department of Islamic Thought, History & Culture Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad


W.M. Zaki Hall, Academic Complex Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad

In Islamic world view, Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is the Last of the Prophets. With the end of the prophethood, it becomes the responsibility of Muslim scholars to develop an understanding of religion among people and guide the Muslim ummah in their matters. The issues and challenges which do not have explicit text or traditions in the Holy Quran and Sunnah can be answered through Ijtihad. In previous nations, the prophets, and messengers of almighty Allah, who were sent to different regions during different time periods, guided their ummah in their problems and issues. Hence, the finality or end of the prophethood means that the scholars and jurists of this ummah will find the solutions for new issues and challenges through conducting Ijtihad. With the expansion of Islam in non-Arabs, the need for Ijtihad increased due to the new challenges. The messenger of Almighty Allah said, I have left behind two things, you will never go astray as long as you hold fast onto them i.e., the Quran and Sunnah. In the light of this Hadith, the first project initiated by Muslim scholars was the preservation of sacred texts and research on the Holy Quran and Hadith. The scholars at that time preferred textual study instead of rational debates to protect and preserve the text of The Holy Quran and hadith. However, when Islam crossed the Arabian borders, the non-Arabs challenged and raised many objections and questions on Islam. To respond to these challenges, one segment of scholars relied upon explicit sacred texts and another one on rationality. Ahl-As-Sunnah tried to stay in between these two by combining both and responded to these challenges with reasonable degree of accuracy. Resultantly, the theological science got introduced and established in the academic world. To address the contemporary challenges, same practices are needed. The department of Islamic thought, history and culture at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad constantly tries to explore and present new dimensions of knowledge and research. Therefore, this year topic for the annual conference is “Tradition and Reformation / evolution in Islamic Thought: Contemporary and Historical Perspective”. We hope scholars and researchers will contribute through their active participation by highlighting and analyzing the historical and contemporary discourses about the topic.

Tradition, Revitalization / Modernity and Modernism: The perspective of Islamic Thought

Tradition Ijtihad and Research Restoration and Reformation Reconstruction Revitalization Modernism

Tradition and Reformation: Basic Concepts and Historical Perspectives

Trends of Tradition and Modernism in Islamic Thought: Historical Study Basic Debates on Modernism in Islamic Thought Theological Approaches /methods in Explanation and Interpretation of Sacred Texts Impact of Greek Philosophy in enlarging / broadening the Modernism in Islamic Epistemology

Debates of Tradition and Modernism in Contemporary Islamic Thought: Borders and Limits / boundaries and expansions

Origin of Modernism in West: Causes, Motives and Historical background Western and Eastern Concepts of Tradition and Modernism: Comparative Study

Traditionalists and Modernists in Muslim Thought of Subcontinent and their Ideas: Analytical Study
Reformists and Critics of Modernism in Sub-Continent
Trends of Tradition and Modernism in Arab World
Traditionalists and Modernists in Western Muslim Thought

Important Dates

Conference Dates: 13-14 March 2023 Abstract Submission Date: 15 February 2023 Abstract Acceptance Acknowledgment: 18 February 2023 Date for Final Paper Submission: 28 February 2023

Chief Organizer

Prof. Dr. Mohyuddin Hashimi Contact No. +92-51-9573100, +92-51-9573101 Email: mohyuddin.hashmi@aiou.edu.pk

Focal Person

Dr. Hafiz Tahir Islam Contact No. +92-51-9573374 Email: tahir.islam@aiou.edu.pk icit@aiou.edu.pk

Registration Fee

On-Campus Presentation for Pakistani scholars: Rs.2000 On-Campus Presentation for Pakistani scholars with Accommodation Rs.3000 Virtual Presentation for Pakistani scholars: Rs.1000 Virtual Presentation International scholars: $50 On-Campus Presentation for International scholars: $100

Account for Fee Submission

Title: Dean Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies Bank and Branch: First Women Bank Ltd, AIOU branch Account No.: PK42FWOM0036025583310000