Simorgh: the mysteries of Muslim Renaissance

The videos accompanying this course are being sponsored by J A Saiyid Education Trust. Others who have helped make this course possible include Topline Publishers Pakistan.

About the resource person

Khurram Ali Shafique is best known as an Iqbal scholar, who has won the Presidential Iqbal Award three times for his ground breaking research in the domain.

About the module

The module comprises eleven lessons offered at two levels.


At the general level, each level is presented as a short video on Khurram’s Desk, the YouTube channel of the resource person. If you are interested in following the module at this level, all you have to do is watch the videos (listed below as “Outline of the module”), comment on them or engage with comments posted by other participants.


The module is also being offered at an advanced level to registered participants. Completing the general level is not a pre-requisite for admission to the advanced level, and hence a learner can directly get enrolled at the advanced level (instead of following the general level first), if the learner is interested in what is being offered at the advanced level.

The advanced learners will be offered an in-depth knowledge of the content presented in the videos, and will get additional learning benefits that include distant teaching directly by the resource person. They will also receive a certification of successful participation on completing all twelve lessons of the module. For further details, send email to

Who should attend

The course is for everyone, as it offers a much-needed perspective on our world based on a vision shared by some of the best minds of diverse cultures. However, it is important that the participants understand the premise of this module, and agree with it.

The module rests on the premise that the Muslim nation of the Indian Subcontinent, which created Pakistan, is going through a process of collective evolution. This premise has been established in the previous module of the syllabus, Jinnah’s Pakistan up to 2026. Some participants may find it more beneficial to first complete that module, either at the general or the advanced level.

Outline of the module

Lesson 1

In search Simorgh

Lesson 2

The seven valleys of Simorgh

Coming soon
Friday, 30 April 2021

Lesson 3

Shah Waliullah

Coming soon
Friday, 7 May 2021

Lesson 4

1747-1886: The birth of the Muslim Renaissance

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Friday, 14 May 2021

Lesson 5

1887-1906: The Valley of Longing

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Friday, 21 May 2021

Lesson 6

1907-1926: The Valley of Love

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Lesson 7

1927-1946: The Valley of Awareness

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Lesson 8

1947-1986: The Valley of Detachment

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Friday, 11 June 2021

Lesson 9

1967-1986: The Valley of Unity

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Lesson 10

1987-2006: The Valley of Wonderment

Coming soon
Friday, 25 June 2021

Lesson 11

2007-2026: The Valley of Voluntary Poverty and Death