Objective of the Certificate Course

The situation of the world today is the product of a long period of history. The relationship between the religions of the world today is also the result of many important events that have happened in the past. The aim of this Certificate course is to give students a better understanding of what is happening in the world today by remembering the events of past history.

The Need for this Certificate Course

All the religions in the world today teach the values of peace and harmony. But modern society has lost sight of this teaching because there are so few opportunities to study the deeper meaning of world religions. This Certificate course will try to fill this void. The themes of this course will explain why there is so much tension and mistrust among world religions today by looking into the events that has caused the present situation to develop.

The Results of this Certificate Course

Professors with much knowledge of the history of the world will be available to open up new questions and to respond to studentsí questions during the weekly sessions. Students who complete the course will acquire a deep understanding of world religions and the contribution of these religions to the promotion of peace and harmony. Students will become aware of the obstacles to peace in modern society. They will learn about various techniques for conflict resolution and counter-terrorism. The new awareness they acquire in this course will equip them to contribute towards peace and harmony in society in their professional roles as well as through social organizations and as teachers and community leaders.

Certificate Course at Minhaj University Lahore

Title: "Religious Pluralism and Peace Studies"

Three months' course on Saturdays, beginning from 3rd March 2018

Daily schedule:

Arrival: 9.00 a.m.
1st session (a) 10.00 - 11.30 a.m.
Short break  
2nd session (b) 12.00 - 1.30 p.m.
Short break  
3rd session (c) 2.30 - 4.00 p.m.
4th session: 4.00 - 4.30 p.m. (Q & A)

 1. The Enlightenment and the religions (3rd March)

  1. The Enlightenment & Western Christianity. Dr. Herman
  2. The Enlightenment & Islam. Dr. Alqama
  3. Western ideas & traditional culture in Pakistan. Dr. Rashid

2. Religions and the rise of secularism (10th March)

  1. Modernity in the West. Dr. Herman
  2. Secularism in the sub-continent. Dr. Alqama
  3. The religions and secularism. Dr. Alqama

3. Fundamentalism in religion (17th March)

  1. Fundamentalism in Christianity. Dr. Herman
  2. Nationalism & Hinduism in India. Dr. Rashid
  3. Nationalism & Islam in Pakistan. Dr. Alqama

4. Hinduism, Buddhism & Sikhism in Pakistan (24th March)

  1. Hinduism: Mr Sabir Naz
  2. Sikhism: Mr Kalyan Singh
  3. The history of Hinduism & Buddhism in Pakistan. Dr. Farzand Masih

5. Islam and Christianity in Pakistan (31st March)

  1. Introduction to Christianity in Pakistan. Dr. Herman
  2. Introduction to Islam in Pakistan. Dr. Alqama
  3. Muslim-Christian relations in Pakistan.

6. Peace studies (7th April)

  1. Peace in world religions. Dr. Herman
  2. The theory & practice of peace studies. Dr. Alqama
  3. Psychological approaches to peace.

7. Religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue (14th April)

  1. What is religious pluralism? Dr. Herman
  2. Religious pluralism in the sub-continent. Dr. Rashid
  3. Understanding interfaith dialogue.

8. The contribution of women to peace (21st April)

  1. Women in Islam & Christianity. Dr. Herman & Dr. Rashid & Dr. Alqama
  2. Cultural discrimination against women in Pakistan. Ms Noreen Gill
  3. The role of women in conflict resolution & peace-making. Ms Noreen Gill

9. Religious minorities in Pakistan (28th April)

  1. The Quaid-e-Azam and religious minorities in Pakistan. Dr. Rashid
  2. Issues facing the Christians in Pakistan. Mr Naseer John
  3. The Constitution of Pakistan and peace. Dr. Rashid

10. Teaching of Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri on peace & counter terrorism (5th May)

  1. The peace curriculum. Mr Farouk Rana
  2. The fatwa on suicide bombing.
  3. The concept of jihad. Mr Afzal Qadri

11. Impact of external linkages of terrorist organizations in Pakistan (12th May)

  1. The Afghanistan link. Dr. Rashid
  2. The Indian link. Dr. Rashid
  3. The Western link. Dr. Rashid

12. Counter-terrorism strategies by Pakistan (19th May)

  1. The military operations in Swat. Dr. Rashid
  2. Zarb-e-Azab (2014) & Raddul Fazad (2017)
  3. Case studies and the National Action Plan (NAP)

On the last day, Certificates will be presented to those students who have attended 80% of the sessions.

Qualifications for admission: BA (equivalent) or FA/FSC with at least three years work or study experience.
Admission fees Rupees 15,000/- per student.

The Certificate Course will be supervised by:

Dr. Herman Roborgh
School of Religions & Philosophy

Dr. Alqama & Dr. Rashid Ahmad Khan
School of Peace & Counter-terrorism