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Posted on: Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dr. Najimdeen, Senior Research Associate and team leader in the project “Globalized Business and Politics: A View from the Muslim World” and Professor at the International Islamic University, Preston University and National Defence University delivered a lecture on the topic of “The Changing Muslim Societies”. The talk was arranged by the Centre for Policy Studies in coordination with Mrs. Aqeela Asif of the Humanities Department and was attended by the students and faculty related to International Relations courses.

Dr. Najimdeen gave an analysis of the variations in the Muslim societies with an added focus on what he described as Muslims living at the edge. These are Muslim communities residing in Europe and the United States. He categorized the Muslims in these societies as first, second and third generations. The first generation migrated for economic reasons and did not display ostensible opposition to the local way of life. The second generation faced the dilemma of integration especially in view of the dichotomy between the values and religious traditions of the first generation and the society they lived in. The third generation started demanding their rights related to their identity which became more apparent after 9/11 which triggered the whole debate about assimilation of Muslim communities residing in other countries.

While dilating on the question of political and economic integration as well as infighting among the Muslims he also mentioned about the perception of disenfranchisement. Drawing comparison between the Catholics and Jewish acceptability in the western societies with non-recognition of Muslims he emphasized that Muslims must demand their rights as a unified community with one voice and uniform demands for their rights. He suggested that this can be achieved through adopting Cosmopolitan Fiqh which would give unity to the Muslim discourse. This Cosmopolitan Fiqh, he said, was basically the Mohammaden Fiqh of the Prophet Mohammad (SAW). It was also important for the Muslims to integrate in the societies they lived in by leaving their ghettoes.

The lecture evinced interest among the participants who raised probing questions during the discussion that followed the lecture.

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