Crit­i­cal Knowl­edge: Pi­o­neer­ing Com­par­a­tive Liberal Stud­ies at Habib Univer­sity

Daily Messenger - - Metropolitan - Staff Re­port

KARACHI: Habib Univer­sity is host­ing a sym­po­sium to launch its new flag­ship un­der­grad­u­ate ma­jor in Com­par­a­tive Liberal Stud­ies (CLS) on De­cem­ber 15th from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. At a crit­i­cal cross­roads in Pak­istan’s his­tory, Habib Univer­sity has set it­self a unique mis­sion: to of­fer a cut­tingedge hu­man­i­ties cur­ricu- lum that is at once glob­ally-ori­ented and re­con­nects with our rich her­itage. Habib Univer­sity’s new CLS pro­gram bridges four branches of knowl­edge – his­tory, phi­los­o­phy, re­li­gious stud­ies, and lit­er­a­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to spokesper­son of HU, The CLS launch will be a day­long event, fea­tur­ing lead­ing in­ter­na­tional schol­ars in ad­di­tion to Habib Univer­sity’s own dis­tin­guished CLS fac­ulty. The key­note speak­ers in­clude Pro­fes­sor Ab­bas Amanat, one of the em­i­nent his­to­ri­ans of Iran and the Per­son­ate world who has taught at Yale Univer­sity for al­most four decades, and Pro­fes­sor 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, the launch on De­cem­ber 15th will con­clude with a qawwali recital by the Saami Broth­ers.

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