The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has once again found itself in the centre of a controversy when the varsity’s governing body decided to teach “Sanatan Dharma and other Indian faiths at the Islamic Studies Department beginning with the next academic session.”
According to reports, the university previously exclusively offered courses in Islamic studies . But beginning with the next session, it will offer a post-graduate study in comparative religions.
Let’s look at why the university has been embroiled in scandals in recent days:
Removing works of Islamic scholars
The decision came after roughly 20 experts complained to Narendra Modi about the inclusion of the two authors’ work in the syllabus. The professors stated in their open letter that it is of “great concern and worry that the writings of Abul Ala Maududi are part of the course curriculum .
“Some specialists have criticised the works and objected to the PM about what they see as objectionable themes in the two authors’ works.”
He founded the Jamaat-e-Islami, a Muslim organisation in India and Pakistan. One of his most well-known works is “Tafhim-ul-Quran.”
He matriculated from the Deoband seminary in 1926, but later left it and its political wing, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.
Inclusion of comparative religions in the curriculum
Even before the preceding uproar could die down . Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) announced on Wednesday that it will begin offering a course in Sanatan Dharma . Along with other religions, in its Islamic Studies department beginning with the next academic session.
Pirzada further claimed that the university’s Theology department had been teaching Sanatan Dharma for the last 50 years . But that the Islamic Studies departments had advocated starting a course in it.
Mohammad Ismail, chairman of the department of Islamic Studies, stated .”Like Islamic studies, we strive to provide outstanding instruction in Sanatan Dharma and other religions.” Lessons on the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Gita, and other Sanatan Dharma scriptures will be included . The programme will also include teachings from Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and other religions.”