August 14 – December 18, 2017

Many of the European thinkers and writers who were influential in shaping the modern world had made in-depth study of the Quran, and some of their opinions about this book have also become embedded in what we call the modern way of thinking.

This close relationship between the study of the Quran and the modern world used to be acknowledged  quite openly at least until a hundred years ago, but has somehow become obscure in our times.

The online course offered here adopts a three-tiered approach for a balanced and objective study of this subject. Firstly, each lesson begins with an important passage from the Quran with translation. Secondly, a commentary on that passage is included from one of the European writers who played an important role in shaping the modern world, such as Goethe, Rousseau, Boulainvilliers, and others. Thirdly, a passage from the prose works of Allama Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal is given where the same verses of the Quran are discussed, quite often with a direct reference to the European commentary included in the lesson.

In this manner, each lesson becomes a dialogue between the pioneers of modern Europe and one of the pioneers of the modern Muslim world, on the topic of the Quran.

The difference between this dialogue and the conventional interfaith dicussions is that here, the exchange is happening between the most representative and influential personalities, who can speak not only for themselves but also on behalf of their respective civilization – personalities like Goethe, Rousseau, Iqbal, and so on. Secondly, the topics discussed by these personalities are not purely theoretical. They are relevant, practical and urgent. They are all about values we have come to see as modern, issues on which the peace of the world depends and matters that can determine the destinies of the nations, here and now.

It is a rare study of its kind and has taken a very long time in preparation. We hope that you will find it a unique experience, and an especially rewarding one in times such as ours.

  • August 14 – December 18, 2017
  • 20 weeks
  • 1-5 hours of work every fortnight
  • English
  • Designed & Conducted by Khurram Ali Shafique
  • Certificate from Marghdeen, Dabistan-i-Iqbal and Topline Publishers
  • US$40 (Subsidized in Pakistan: Rs.3000)
  • Registration closes Monday, August 7, 2017

Course facilitator

Khurram Ali Shafique
Khurram Ali ShafiquePresidential Iqbal Award
Khurram Ali Shafique is the author of several books on Iqbal, including “Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography”, for which he received Presidential Iqbal Award, and the recently published “Iqbal: His Life and Our Times”. He has vast experience as an educationist. He is the founder of Marghdeen Learning Centre and is the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, which he has been conducting since May 2011.

Course outline

Chapter 2: Verses 1-7
Chapter 3, Verse 20
Chapter 3, Verse 64
Chapter 6, Verses 109-111
Chapter 14, Verse 5
Chapter 18, 45-48
Chapter 30, Verses 1-7
Chapter 31, Verse 28
Chapter 33, Verse 72

Course format

This 20-week course consists of fortnightly blog posts, which will also be sent via email for your convenience. You will be required to engage in discussion with other participants by posting your comments on the course blog (restricted to registered participants), and this will entitle you to earning the certificate. There will be no assignments or tests. However, the facilitator will be providing you quality feedback on your input throughout the course. Real-time interaction does not constitute a part of this course but one-on-one online conversation with the course facilitator can be arranged on request (up to 30 minutes per  month) if you desire.