CGSS organizes Roundtable Conference on “Al-Farabi: The Second Teacher” at University of Peshawar


PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Islamabad-based Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) in collaboration with the Area Study Centre (Russia, China, and Central Asia) at the University of Peshawar (UoP) organized a Roundtable Conference on “Al-Farabi: The Second Teacher” in Peshawar on Tuesday.

The event commenced with the opening remarks by the Director Area Study Centre at the UoP Professor Dr Shabir Ahmad Khan who stated that Al-Farabi introduced a new dimension in the study of philosophy and interpreted the realities of the world in a different way. He commended the contributions of Al-Farabi in the development of language structure that is of immense significance for all learners.

The President CGSS Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery also addressed the participants and stated that the most important work of Al Farabi is the ideal state that uncovers the various logic of collaboration and solidarity for human societies.

Major General (retd) Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery highlighted that Al Farabi is one of the prominent classical philosophers of the Islamic thought and his ideas have exclusive and original dimensions of political philosophy. He justified Islamic principles with the use of logical reasoning.

The Executive Director CGSS Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Khalid Taimur Akram presented a speech on the educational principles of Al-Farabi. He initiated his speech by signifying the importance of education for all human beings. Education enables us to have an understanding of the world around us and develops in us, a perspective of looking at life. Throughout history, great scholars and thinkers have dedicated their lives to producing valuable knowledge for the people so that they become civilized species and benefit themselves and their communities. Al-Farabi is one of these renowned scholars.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Pakistan His Excellency Akan Rakhmetullin, who was the Chief Guest of the occasion, stated that Al Farabi was among the earliest Islamic philosophers to introduce logical reasoning in the Islamic world. Al Farabi, known as the “second teacher”, spent his life in teaching and writing on all major subjects of interest to humans including natural order, political leadership, prophecy, moral virtue, metaphysics, civic order etc. Al Farabi’s teachings serve as a pathway towards human prosperity, attaining the highest level of perfection and happiness in both the earthly and supreme happiness. He searched for unity and order in the universe, which are two extremely essential components for maintaining and sustaining peace as we now observe in the contemporary era. Al Farabi’s work remains relevant today, and his teachings for the attainment of happiness and pursuit for peaceful order is what we need to understand and utilize for a better world.

Dr Abdul Hameed Khan, Dr Khurshid Anwar, and the Assistant Professor at UoP’s Area Study Centre (Russia, China, and Central Asia) Dr Muhammad Shafi also presented their speeches at the occasion.

The event was attended by deans, faculty members and senior management of the University of Peshawar.

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