Friday, June 24, 2016

The Daily Quranic Word: Mon 27 & Tues 28 June with Taimoor Khan & Dr. Shankar Nair (via Skype) on the Art of Interpreting the Quran

Hast o Neest 
Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts
Ramazan Karim Open/Walk-in Programmes (No charges) - June 2016
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Mon 27 June & Tue 28 June 
with Taimoor Khan Mumtaz & Dr. Shankar Nair (via Skype)

Monday 27 June at 6:00 pm (with iftar)
Reading from The Book of Certainty: The Sufi Doctrine of Faith, Vision and Gnosis by Abu Bakr Siraj ud Din - Martin Lings with Taimoor Khan Mumtaz 

Tuesday 28 June at 6:00 pm (with iftar)
The Art of Interpreting the Qur'an, tafsir
Dr. Shankar Nair
via Skype from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (US)

Structure: “I would want to present an overview of the different historical, classical approaches to Qur'an interpretation (grammatical approaches, hadith approaches, theological/philosophical approaches, Sufi approaches, etc.) with the goal of encouraging the audience to reflect more deeply upon their own relationship with the Qur'an as they spend so much time with the text during this holy month. The idea that each verse can have different levels of meaning would, of course, be central here.” Dr. Nair

Dr. Shankar Nair is currently Assistant Professor (Scripture, Interpretation and Practice; History of Religions) at the University of Virginia (US). With a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Harvard University, Dr. Shankar Nair’s general field of interest is the religious and intellectual history of the Indian subcontinent, particularly as it relates to broader traditions of Sufism and Islamic philosophy, Qur'anic exegesis, and Hindu philosophy and theology (especially Advaita Vedanta and other forms of Hindu non-dualism).

Venue: 3, Iftikhar Ahmed Malik Road, Shariff Colony, Canal Park, Gulberg II, LAHORE; Queries:; Cell: 0300 8493170

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