Universität Erfurt

Objectives: Religious Pluralism & Religious Plurality: towards an ethics of peace


This project seeks to collaborate with madrasa students as well as potential future leaders within the society of Pakistan in promoting the values of justice, religious pluralism and appreciating religious diversity, while grounding the discussion primarily within Islamic traditions. Other academic efforts in Germany cater to the training of Imams or Muslim theologians within Germany, whereas at the University of Erfurt our effort is distinctively characterised in developing more space for religious pluralism, respect for disagreement and disaccords and an ethics of peace in the context of Pakistan. Moreover, an important aspect of our effort is to bridge the gap between mainstream higher education institutions in Germany and traditional education systems in Pakistan, as German and international students from the University of Erfurt will jointly take part in the workshops together with madrasa students.


In order to achieve the aims and objectives outlined above, the project will comprise a series of workshops and study excursions in Germany. These will include madrasa students, both male and female, from the major schools of thought as well as students from the University of Erfurt. By thus introducing the participants to different social and cultural perspectives, the participants will be encouraged to learn to appreciate and eventually analyse various religious practices and to reflect on them in the light of Islamic cultural articulations. In this context, it will be important to trace the traditional belief contents and symbols, initially, into their historical contexts of origin and then re-translate them in a responsible interpretation, so that, in a process of reflection and evaluation, they can be subjected to criticism, if necessary, and freshly adopted in a conscious second step.

In order to make our efforts more practical and sustainable, following each workshop in Germany, there will be corresponding post-workshop projects in Pakistan which the madrasa graduates themselves will design and conduct upon returning to their respective home institutions. This exercise in cultural translation is of immense importance, as these post-workshop ventures conducted in Pakistan will bear the potential to put into practice the knowledge acquired in Germany. 

Hasnain Bokhari, letzte Änderung: 12.07.2018



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