Universität Erfurt

Post Workshops

Rationale

Sustainability and continuity are key aspects of the Religious Pluralism project. Therefore every workshop held in Erfurt is followed up by a workshop to be organised by the madrasa-participants of Erfurt workshops in their own institutions in Pakistan. This exercise in cultural translation is of immense importance, as these follow-up workshops bear the potential to put into praxis the knowledge acquired in Germany. The follow-up workshops encourage madrasa students (who have attended the Erfurt University workshops) to organise the venues and decide upon the resource persons and trainers, in collaboration with the principals of their host institutions. The organisers not only improve their interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills by shaping a professional workshop but also extend benefit to their peer groups by sharing the experiences made in Germany, discussing cultural and social similarities and dissimilarities and above all education standards, learning methodologies and didactics pursued in western academic tradition. The medium of instruction in all follow-up workshops is Urdu language in order to ensure and encourage the maximum participation and student outreach. The Chair of Muslim Cultural & Religious History, University of Erfurt (CMCRH) extends its full support in organising these workshops. Preparatory sessions held during the workshops in Erfurt, thus, provided vital organisational details help prepare students to conduct a follow-up workshop. Similarly, all organisers were required to regularly inform about their preparatory progress with the project’s steering committee and regional resource persons. The first follow-up workshop on the topic of Historiography were held from 2-7 October, 2016.

'Human Rights & Contribution of Religions' Workshops in Pakistan (21-29 October, 2017)

The two day follow-up workshops was on the topic of 'Human Rights & Contribution of Religions' took place from 21-29 October, 2017 in three Pakistani madrasas namely: 

Number of Workshops
WorkshopsDateVenue
1st Workshop (female students)21 - 22 October, 2017Jamia Binoria, Karachi
2nd Workshop (male students) 23 – 24 October, 2017 Jamia Binoria, Karachi
3rd Workshop (male/female students) 25 – 26 October, 2017 Jamia Naeemia, Lahore

4th Workshop (male students) 

28 – 29 October, 2017 Jamia Alkauthar, Islamabad


These four follow-up workshops were held under the aegis and auspices of the CMCRH as an integral and extended part of the Summer School "Human Rights & Contribution of Religions"
held in Erfurt from 09-18 July, 2017. The workshop conducted in Erfurt focused on how “world religions” have influenced and inspired values of social justice, human rights and peace ethics. Different theoretical perspectives were discussed to study the entanglement of cultural, historical, political, ethnic and of course religious factors that contribute to the recognition and implementation of universal human rights. With the help of comparative religious narratives, this workshop attempted to go beyond the time, when Christianity, Judaism and Islam predominantly defined and promulgated the ethical and moral fabric (also) in post-colonial societies in order to expound the problem of the validity of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, adopted by the United Nations in 1948).

Best Workshop / Evaluation

To encourage and incentivize the organisers (madrasa students) of follow-up workshops, all four events were professionally evaluated in order to decide the best performance. A professional consultant from Pakistan with expertise in monitoring and evaluation was tasked to conduct the evaluation of all the four workshops at the above-mentioned cities. The evaluator attended a day each in every workshop in order to conduct pre- and post-evaluations in those madrasas.

Results of the Evaluation:

Based on careful assessment by the monitoring and evaluation expert, following positions were given to the participating institutions.

 

Result of Evaluation
PositionVenueStudent Organisers
1st PositionJamia Naeemia (Lahore)male/female students from
- Jamia Naeemia (Lahore),
- Jamia Sirajia Naeemia (Lahore),
- Jamia Nizamia Rizvia (Sheikhupura)
2nd PositionJamia Binoria (Karachi)female students from
- Jamia Binoria (Karachi)
- Islamic University International (Karachi)
3rd PositionJamia Alkauthar (Islamabad)Male students from
- Jamia Alkauthar (Islamabad),
- Darulum Muhammadia Ghosia (Bhera),
- Darulum Haqqania (Akora Khatak),
- Jamia Salfia (Faisalabad)
4th PositionJamia Binoria (Karachi)Male students from
- Jamia Binoria (Karachi)
- Darulum Naeemia (Karachi)

 

Monitoring and Evaluation Considerations

While compiling the results, the monitoring and evaluation expert considered following aspects:

-       Workshop execution as advertised
-       Workshop management
-       Organisers’ coordination
-       Time management
-       Instructor/Participant interaction
-       Lecture content and focus
-       Room for discussion and debate
-       Methodology

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Binoria, Karachi (21 – 22 October, 2017)

 

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Binoria
OrganisersZaib Kiran Sheikh and Nawal Tariq (Jamia Binoria, Karachi), Fatima Munir, Warda Naz (Islamic University International, Karachi)
VenueJamia Binoria, Karachi
Number of Participants27 female students (Jamia Binoria and Islamic University International, Karachi) 
PrincipalMufti Naeem 

Topics Covered 

Topics Covered
TopicSpeaker
History of Human RightsAdvocate Muhammad Tahir Iqbal
Minority Rights in Muslim and non-Muslim societies    Usman Jami
World peace and role of Islam Dr. Malik Awan
- Equality of men and women
- Freedom and role of human rights
- Philosophy of human rights
Student Presentations

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Binoria, Karachi, (23 – 24 October, 2017)

 

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Binoria
OrganisersSohail Ahmad (Jamia Binoria), Sajjad ur Rehman Minhas (Darulum Naeemia, Karachi)
VenueJamia Binoria, Karachi
Number of Participants14 male students (Jamia Binoria, Karachi)
PrincipalMufti Naeem 

Topics Covered 

Topics Covered
TopicSpeaker
Human Rights in ProgressYounus Alam
Construction of HumanityKhwaja Aslam
EqualityMufti Muhammad Asif Rao
Status of Women in Islam    Aziz-ur-Rehman Azeemi

- Equality and Peace
- Citizen and Human Rights
- Advantage and disadvantages of Freedom and Equality
- Human Rights in Madaris Educational System

Student Presentations

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Naeemia, Lahore (25 – 26 October, 2017)

 

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Naeemia
OrganisersShoaib Raza (Jamia Naeemia, Lahore), Nisar Fatima and Iqra Riaz (Jamia Sirajia, Naeemia),
Mashal Amber (Jamia Nizamia Rizvia, Sheikhupura)
VenueDr. Sarfraz Naeemi, Research Institute for Peace (Jamia Naeemia, Lahore)
Number of Participants29 male and female students
Lahore: Jamia Naeemia, Jamia tul Zahraa, Markaz Ibn-e-Masood Al-islamia, Jamia Sarajia Naeemia, Sheikhupura: Jamia Nizamia Rizvia
Mansoora: Jamia tul Muhsanaat
PrincipalDr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi

Topics Covered 

Topics Covered
TopicSpeaker
Origin of Human Rights in IslamDr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi
Globalization and its impact on Human RightsDr. Zikria Zakar
Women Rights and equality in 21st centuryDr. Shaheeda Perveen
Human Rights & contribution of Religions    Dr. Mehboob Ahmad

- Comparison of rights through Islamic and Western perspective
- Minority rights in the light of Islam and Pakistani constitution
- World charter of human rights

Student Presentations

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Alkauthar, Islamabad (28 – 29 October, 2017)

 

Human Rights workshop in Jamia Alkauthar
OrganisersAmir Hussain (Jamia Alkauthar, Islamabad), Mehboob Ahmad (Darulum Haqqania, Akora Khattak), Khizar Iqbal (Darulum Muhammadia Ghosia, Bhera), Aurang Zaib (Jamia Salfia, Faisalabad)
VenueJamia Alkauthar, Islamabad
Number of Participants26 male students from
- Jamia Alkauthar (Islamabad),
- Darulum Haqqania (Akora Khattak)
- Darulum Muhammadia Ghosia (Bhera),
- Jamia Salfia (Faisalabad)
PrincipalMuhammad Ishaq Najafi

Topics Covered 

Topics Covered
TopicSpeaker
Human Rights in ProgressYounus Alam
Construction of HumanityKhwaja Aslam
EqualityMufti Muhammad Asif Rao
Status of Women in Islam    Aziz-ur-Rehman Azeemi

- Equality and Peace
- Citizen and Human Rights
- Advantage and disadvantages of Freedom and Equality
- Human Rights in Madaris Educational System

Student Presentations

End Note

It was among the first instances that madrasa students who attended academic workshops in a western education system, in this case the CMCRH, had an opportunity to conduct similar workshops in their own institutions by their own. Most of the participating students experienced the event as extremely helpful and considered such an exercise as academically and socially stimulating. For most of the madrasa students it was also the first time to co-interact with academicians of mainstream universities in their own madrasas. Similarly, the one-on-one interactive discussion with the CMCRH, Prof. Dr. Jamal Malik also provided them with a unique opportunity of learning among others, religious and Islamic studies through a different academic tradition.

Hasnain Bokhari, letzte Änderung: 11.07.2018

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