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Critical Knowledge Pioneering Comparative Liberal Studies at Habib University:
A Symposium

Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Venue: H. M. Habib Auditorium, Habib University

At a critical crossroads in Pakistan’s history, Habib University has set itself a unique mission: to offer a cutting-edge curriculum that is at once globalist and reconnects with our rich heritage. On December 15, 2018, Habib University will inaugurate its flagship program and major, Comparative Liberal Studies, bridging four branches of knowledge: history, philosophy, religious studies, and literature.

Departing from existing programs in Pakistan, CLS courses expose students to both a rigorous investigation of modernity, as well as our expansive and dynamic inheritance. The program is theoretical and practical: students learn in the classroom, but also by conducting hands-on fieldwork across Pakistan to recover local spiritual and historical traditions; investigating unexplored primary sources; engaging in traditional sacred arts and music; or by being introduced to meditation within diverse local traditions – whether Islam, Buddhism, or Hindusim.

The CLS launch will be a day-long event, featuring leading international scholars in addition to the CLS faculty. The keynote speakers include Dr. Abbas Amanat, one of the eminent historians of Iran and Persianate world who has taught at Yale University for almost four decades and Dr. Jo-Ann Gross, at the College of New Jersey, an authority on Sufism and the Ismaili tradition in Central and South Asia. The speakers will introduce prospective students and the public to the philosophies and approaches underlying the program, and to the importance of interdisciplinary education in the humanities.

Ultimately, the CLS program strives to produce socially conscious citizens and professionals grounded in Pakistan’s rich philosophical, intellectual, and cultural traditions, who can seek thoughtful, historically rooted solutions to the challenges that we face today.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Abbas Amanat

Abbas Amanat, William Graham Sumner Professor of History at Yale University, is one the world’s leading historians of Iran, Shi’ism, and the Persianate world. He has taught at Yale for nearly four decades, and is currently director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Dr. Jo-Ann Gross

Jo-Ann Gross is Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History at The College of New Jersey. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) since 2003, including the elected position of Vice-President from 2012-2015, is the founder and director of the Central Eurasia Research Fund (CERF), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Persianate Studies.

Faculty Speakers

Dr. Nur Sobers-Khan

Associate Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies (January 2019)
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Islamic History, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Panelist: Doors of Perception

Dr. Nauman Naqvi

Director, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, USA

Introductory comments
Panelist: Coffee with Plato, Al Farabi, and Marx

Dr. Nomanul Haq

Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Islamic Intellectual History, University College London

Closing remarks: Rhetoric, Repair, Recovery: Whither Comparative Liberal Studies?

Dr. Jessica Radin

Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Ph.D. University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion

Panelist: Coffee with Plato, Al Farabi, and Marx

Dr. Waleed Ziad

Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Ph.D. in History, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Panelist: Doors of Perception

Dr. Francisco Jose Luis

Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
PhD Study of Religions Discourse, Praxis and Identity in Pre-Reformist Sikhism: a Study of the Nirmala Order, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, United Kingdom

Panelist: Doors of Perception

Dr. Muhammad Haris

Assistant Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Panelist: Coffee with Plato, Al Farabi, and Marx

Dr. Sinkwan Cheng

Professor, Comparative Liberal Studies
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Speaker: Revisiting the Relations between Science and Humanities: Ilm in Dialogue with Episteme, Scientia, Wissenschaft, and Science

Symposium Proceedings

10:00 AM

Introductory comments, Dr. Nauman Naqvi

10:30 AM

Opening keynote, Dr. Abbas Amanat: Persianate Studies as an Interdisciplinary Space

11:30 AM

Tea break

11:45 AM

Panel, Coffee with Plato, Al Farabi, and Marx Dr. Nauman Naqvi
Dr. Jessica Radin
Dr. Muhammad Haris

12:30 PM

Sacred Geographies as a Multidisciplinary Endeavor (delivered by Habib Students); respondent Dr. Jo-Ann Gross

01:00 PM

Lunch

02:00 PM

Dr. Sinkwan Cheng: Revisiting the Relations between Science and Humanities: Ilm in Dialogue with Episteme, Scientia, Wissenschaft, and Science

02:30 PM

Panel, Doors of Perception Dr. Nur Sobers-Khan
Dr. Francisco Jose Luis
Dr. Waleed Ziad

03:15 PM

The Ends of the World: A Conversation about the Apocalypse
Dr. Nauman Naqvi
Dr. Abbas Amanat

03:45 PM

Closing remarks: Dr. Nomanul Haq: Rhetoric, Repair, Recovery: Whither Comparative Liberal Studies?

04:15 PM

Closing keynote, Dr. Jo-Ann Gross: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Sacred Landscape

05:30 PM

Musical Performance: Saami Brothers Qawwal

Location Map

The symposium will be held at

H.M Habib Auditorium