Aurangzeb Haneef Presents Paper on Islamic Ethics
June 15, 2012
Aurangzeb Haneef, Teaching Fellow at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law (SHSSL), LUMS, presented a working paper titled, "Being a Muslim and a Human: The role of Adab in the Islamic Tradition," at an international workshop and conference on “Being Muslim in the World: Everyday Ethics and Cultures of Adab.” The event was organised by The Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict (CSRC), Arizona State University and hosted by the Iqbal International Institute of Research and Dialogue (IRD) and the Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), on May 23-24, 2012.
The workshop brought together a select number of scholars with a predominate focus on two spheres of ethics: adab and everyday ethics. The concern of the workshop was to identify concepts, issues, and directions of research in Muslim lived ethics. The workshop was designed as an intensive dialogue between scholars; sharing insights, issues and concerns. Broad themes and issues of the workshop included:
• Social ethics: What is the semantic field of lived ethics? How is adab practiced? Are there different cultures of ethics or adab (e.g., urban/rural, Pakistani/Malay, Sufi/Sunni)? Have there been changes in everyday ethics and the practice of adab historically?
• Learning ethics: How do people learn ethics and adab? What role do school curricula and media compared to family play in the transmission of ethics?
• Conceptual contribution/significance: Why is everyday ethics and adab important to understand today? What are the politics of highlighting everyday practices of adab? What comparative lessons can we learn from multiple Muslim communities of the importance of everyday ethics and adab for peaceful co-existence with other religious and ethnic communities?
The workshop provided a unique opportunity for Malay, Pakistani, American and other scholars from a diversity of academic disciplines to engage the concept of adab as a lived practice, advancing scholarship on this important topic, deepening scholarly networks, and providing a platform for scholarly publications. It was a closed session, inviting intensive engagement with a set of issues, providing participants an opportunity to draw upon their research and areas of expertise to creatively imagine new paths for scholarship on everyday ethics.
Images courtesy: Chad Haines