Profile: Dr Waheed Qureshi

October 17th, 2016|

The article was published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, February 27-March 4, 1996.

The scholar gypsy

Dr Qureshi evaded my request for his resume in a light vein. “There have been so many interviews about my life. Why not base this one on my thoughts alone?”

And which of his works would he consider to be the pinnacle of […]

The soul of all human beings

October 15th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn on March 21, 2010 as ‘The spirit of all human beings’. It was later pointed out by M. Suheyl Umar that ‘soul’ rather than ‘spirit’ is a more appropriate translation of the original phrase used by Sir Syed. The word ‘spirit’ has therefore been replaced with ‘soul’ in the […]

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: the pioneer of humanism

October 14th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2001. Some spellings have been changed for consistency: Ahmad instead of Ahmed, and Ain-i-Akbari and Sarkashi-i-Zila instead of Ain-e-Akbari and Sarkashi-e-Zila respectively.

Never was a greater intellectual born among the Muslims of India than Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He was in a league of his […]

Gender roles in education

October 11th, 2016|

This article was published in 1993 in Volume 3, No. 19 of You, the midweek magazine of The News International.

That our textbooks present only stereotypes where gender roles are concerned is an obvious fact. The sort of actions that male and female characters perform are always meant to assert the social superiority of one sex […]

The alternate module

October 5th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, August 12-18, 2001

For a teacher working in a private school in a city like Karachi, teacher training may not mean the same as what it would have meant to one in that position twenty years ago. The concept has changed.

Today, teacher training doesn’t necessarily mean getting enlisted […]

Education is learning about personal development

October 4th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, August 12-18, 2001

When we speak about education, most of the time we are using words that can only be interpreted in terms of achieving and acquiring. “Getting grades…”, “Stingy or generous teacher…”, “Finishing the syllabus…”, and so on. These words and phrases that are so over-used in […]