A Four Month Course on

Metaphysics, Cosmology, Spirituality & Ethics 

Dr. Syed Rizwan Zamir, Hamid Reza Fazil & Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

(Guest Teachers: Dr. Fuad Naeem, Murad K Mumtaz, Kamil K Mumtaz, Syed Rehan Gillani & Danish Baloch)

Starts Saturday, 31st August 2019 

The program will be conducted in English & Urdu, تدریسی زبان انگریزی . اردو, and is suitable for beginners to the subject. There is online provision (via Skype) for applicants living outside Lahore.

Objective: How the Sacred Traditions based on Divine Revelation - World wisdom traditions in general and the Islamic tradition in particular - have expressed and experienced the Nature of God, Man & Cosmos (Metaphysics, Cosmology, Spirituality) and how this understanding has been applied to various domains of traditional thought and action – including Ethics, the Arts, Architecture & the Sciences.

Outline & Timetable

Metaphysics, Cosmology, Spirituality & Ethics


Week 01 – Orientation; Man, God, Cosmos
1. Journey Thus far; Where to Now? Dr. Syed Rizwan Zamir
2. Man, God, Cosmos - I - Hamid Raza Fazil

Week 02 – Man, God, Cosmos
4. Man, God, Cosmos - II Hamid Raza Fazil
5. Man, God, Cosmos - III Hamid Raza Fazil

Week 03 - Seminar on a Classical Text
6. Seminar: Titus Burckhardt’s ‘Introduction’ to ‘Abdal Karim Jili’s Insan-al Kamil

T. K. Mumtaz
7. Seminar: Titus Burckhardt’s ‘Introduction’ to ‘Abdal Karim Jili’s Insan-al Kamil

T. K. Mumtaz

Week 04 - Sacred Scripture, Myth & Wisdom Traditions
3. Seminar: Selections from World Scripture

T. K. Mumtaz & D. Baloch
8. Seminar: Selections from World Wisdom Traditions

T. K. Mumtaz & D. Baloch


Week 05 - Cosmology in Application
9. Seminar: ‘Jawahir al-Khamsa’ by Ghaus Gwaliori - Syed Rehan Gillani
10. Seminar: ‘Traditional Medicine & Cosmology’ - Syed Rehan Gillani

Week 06 – Relevance Today
11. Seminar: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul By William C. Chittick - 
T. K. Mumtaz
12. Seminar: Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul By William C. Chittick - 
T. K. Mumtaz

Week 07 - Architecture & Cosmology. Sacred Scripture, Myth & Wisdom Traditions
13. Seminar: ‘Temple & Contemplation’ by Henri Corbin - T. K. Mumtaz
14. Seminar: Sacred Scripture, Myth & Wisdom Traditions

T. K. Mumtaz & D. Baloch

Week 08 - Alchemy – Matter, Soul & Cosmology
15. Seminar: ‘Alchemy – Science of the Soul Science of the Cosmos’ by Titus Burkhardt - T. K. Mumtaz
16. Seminar: ‘Alchemy – Science of the Soul Science of the Cosmos’ by Titus Burkhardt - T. K. Mumtaz


Week 09 – Sufism
17. Practical Sufism - Dr. Fuad Naeem
18. Sufi Theme - Dr. Fuad Naeem

Week 10 - Seminar on Classical Texts
19. Seminar: ‘Ain-al-Faqr’ by Sultan Bahu - Syed Rehan Gillani
20. Seminar:‘Jahanarah Begum’s Spiritual Diaries’ - Murad K.Mumtaz

Week 11 - Seminar
21. Seminar: ‘Book of Certainty’ by Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din - T. K. Mumtaz
22. Seminar: ‘Book of Certainty’ by Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din - T. K. Mumtaz

Week 12 - Testimonies from Sacred Traditions
23. Seminar: ‘Modes of Prayer’ by Frithjof Schoun - Kamil K. Mumtaz
24. Video Clips on ‘Meditation & Prayer’
‘Universality of Monasticism’ by Frithjof Schoun - Ali Galestan/Dr. Fuad Naeem


Week 13 - Akhlaq-e Nazari - Theoretical Ethics
25. Historical Overview Hamid Raza Fazil
26. Themes Hamid Raza Fazil

Week 14 - Seminar based on a Classical Text
27. Seminar: ‘Akhlaq-e-Jalali’ of Mulla Jalaluddin - Hamid Raza Fazil
28. Seminar: ‘Akhlaq-e-Jalali’ of Mulla Jalaluddin - Hamid Raza Fazil

Week 15 - Akhlaq-e Amali – Practical Ethics
29. Seminar:‘Maharil-e Akhlaq dar Quran’ of Jawadi Amoli - Hamid Raza Fazil
30. Seminar:‘Maharil-e Akhlaq dar Quran’ of Jawadi Amoli - Hamid Raza Fazil

Week 16 –
31. Ethics & World Wisdom Traditions Today - Dr. Syed Rizwan Zamir
32. Synthesis - Dr. Syed Rizwan Zamir

Format: Lectures/Seminars conducted in the classroom and online.  


The program duration is four months, with sessions held on Tuesdays only from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, consisting of two sessions with a 30 minute break in between. The opening session is on Saturday, 31st August 2019.


Course material will be provided and class activity/assessment may comprise of readings, written assignments, presentations, and class discussions.


Academic Qualification: Intermediate (Minimum)

Age: 18 Years +

Language: Urdu, English.

Selection Interview of Interested Applicants

Course Fee:  PKR. 4000/per month.

How to Apply:


Interested applicants should send in their names, cell number and email address to hast.o.neest@gmail.com with a short paragraph stating their reason for joining this program.​

Queries can be forwarded on hast.o.neest@gmail.com/0300 8493170


Taimoor Khan Mumtaz: MA PRASADA, Leicester, UK; BArch NCA Lahore. Taimoor Khan Mumtaz practices architecture in Lahore, and teaches metaphysics, geometry and Islamic Architecture at Hastoneest and various other institutes. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cdCwvrK5ng.

Hamid Reza Fazil: A traditional religious scholar of Arabic, Quranic Exegesis and Islamic Law with special interest in philosophy & metaphysics. Listen to a Lecture

Dr. Syed Rizwan Zamir: Ph.D. University of Virginia. B.A . James Madison University. Area of Islamic studies, specializing in Islamic thought and spirituality. He is currently an Associate Professor at Davidson College, NC, USA.

"Sharing my intellectual journey with others and developing new courses is a source of immense joy for me. I have developed and shared 15 courses in Islamic and religious studies. My Islamic studies courses range from overviews of Islamic life to specialized topics such as mystical life and thought, comparative study of Sunni and Shiite traditions, eschatology, literary texts and encounters of Islamic civilization with Western modernity."

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Kamil Khan Mumtaz: Kamil Khan Mumtaz is a Pakistani architect in private practice in Lahore. He was trained at the Architectural Association, London in the 1960's after which he returned to Pakistan to practice and teach. He was head of the of the National College of Arts, Lahore between 1966-1975. He has been a memebr of several architecture juries and has widely lectured in Europe and Asia. In 1985, he authored Architecture in Pakistan, a Concept Media Publication.

Dr. Murad Khan Mumtaz: Murad Khan Mumtaz is an artist and researcher, teaching at Williams College, Massachusetts. He graduated with a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2003, completed an MFA at Columbia University in 2010 & PhD in South Asian Art History from the University of Virginia in 2018.

Dr. Fuad Naeem: Ph. D. in Theological & Religious Studies, MA History of Religions, George Washington University.  His dissertation research focused on the nineteenth century Muslim scholar and theologian Muhammad Qasim Nanautvi, founder of the influential school of Deoband, his particpation in religious debate and dialogue between Muslims, Christians, and Hindus in South Asia and the transformations and reconfigurations of Islamic scholarly traditions in the modern period. His interests include Islamic intellectual traditions in South Asia, Muslim encounters with religious others, Islam and modernity, the Qur'an and its exegesis, and Islamic philosophy, theology, and esoteric traditions. 

Ali Galestan: Ali Galestan grew up in Germany and the United States before pursuing his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, selecting two interdisciplinary fields of study: Neuroscience and Religious Studies. He then pursued graduate studies at The University of Toronto and the University of Virginia, where he examined the inter-relation between ethics, philosophy, science, language and literature, religious studies, mystical theology, intellectual history, and tradition and modernity, among other things.


Since 2010, he has been living in Germany , where he has taught a number of language and communication courses at the university level. He is driven by one question: "What does it mean to be truly and fully human?"

Syed Rehan GIllani: Syed Muhammad Rehan-ul-Hasan Gilani is currently pursuing his PhD. in Islamic Studies from the University of Lahore. He has secured Gold Medal in Ash-Shahadatul-Aalamiyyah Fil Uloom Al-Arabiyyah wal-Islamiyyah and 1st Position in BS (Hons) Arabic from Minhaj University Lahore. He is also Adeeb Arabi and Alim Arabi from Darul-Uloom Muhammadiah Ghosiah, Bhera. His fields of interest include studies on Molana Rumi, Allama Iqbal, Said Nursi, Naat and Ilahiyat (Islamic Philosophy).

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Danish Bashir: Danish Baloch is a philosophy graduate from FC College with an interest in history, literature and the traditional arts. He teaches philosophy and Islamic Geometric Patterns at Hastoneest.

Danish is also a student of classical music, and a member of the Hastoneest Ensemble.