A Four Month Course on


Dr. Fuad Naeem, Dr. Sarah Waheed, Salman Rahid, Kamil Khan Mumtaz & Others

Starts Saturday, 15 February 2020 

The program will be conducted in English & Urdu, تدریسی زبان انگریزی . اردو. 

There is online provision for applicants living outside Lahore.


‘And be you not like those who forgot Allah, and

He made them forget their own selves!...’

Quran- 59:19


Pakistan is heir to very rich artistic, intellectual, spiritual and literary traditions which are for the most part absent from mainstream education. Similarly we are a multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-lingual society, but alas this diversity is again totally missing from our societal and educational discourse.


The first element – the artistic & intellectual heritage – was sacrificed at the altar of ‘progress’ and ‘development’. While the second diversity was sacrificed at the altar of ‘nationalism’, forgetting that no nation can be built on a root-less and solely ‘functional’ education and that the real strength of a ‘federation’ is in the strength of its federating units.


Coupled with the above glaring gaps in our societal and educational discourse, is the presence in Pakistani society of what can perhaps best be described as an uneasy intersection between the two currents of Modernity and Tradition or the Colonial and the Pre-colonial.

The tensions generated between these often competing currents and the accompanying crisis of identity which we face as a nation is, to a great extent, a result of being ill-informed of the deeper philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of both Modernity and Tradition and ignorance of our human, cultural, artistic & intellectual heritage.

Peoples, Cultures & Languages of Pakistan focuses on Pakistan’s rich human and cultural landscape, which is necessary not only for any individual Pakistani's self-understanding and self-worth but also a pre-requisite for formulating a meaningful course for the future for the nation as a whole.

Outline & Timetable

Peoples, Cultures & Languages of Pakistan

History of the Indus Valley

Week 01 – Module Introduction
1. The Stakes in the Study of Pakistan’s History, Society & Culture -

     Kamil Khan Mumtaz
2. History: Some theoretical considerations - Dr. Sarah Waheed

Week 02 – History of the Indus Valley
3. Part I – Pre-Historic to Pre-Islamic - Salman Rasheed
4. Part II – Sultanate Period - Hassan Miraj

(Sunday Field Trip: Depalpur)

Week 03 - History of the Indus Valley
5. The Mughal Empire - Dr. Sarah Waheed

6. The Colonial Period (& Colonialism) - SherAli Tareen

Week 04 - History of the Indus Valley
7. The Partition & its Aftermath - Dr. Sarah Waheed

8. Video Clips - Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

(Sunday Field Day-Trip Jehlum & Rohtas)

Forgotten Heroes & Major Figures Since Partition

Week 05 – Forgotten Heroes & Major Figures Since Partition
1. Part I – Religious Scholars - SherAli Tareen
2. Part II – Thinkers & Educators - Dr. Qaiser Shahzad

Week 06 – Forgotten Heroes & Major Figures Since Partition
3. Part III – Literary Figures & Artists - Pervaiz Paras, Rasheed Butt, Qasim Jafri
4. Part IV – Saints of the Chishtiya - Syed Rehan Gillani

Religions of Pakistan

Week 07 - Religions of Pakistan
1. Religious Languages of the World: An Introduction to World Religions - I

    Dr. Fuad Naeem
2. Religious Languages of the World: An Introduction to World Religions - II

    Dr.Fuad Naeem

(Sunday Field Trip to Hindu Temples of Lahore with Syed Faizan Naqvi Khojji)

Week 08 - Religions of Pakistan
3. Sikh Heritage of Lahore - Syed Faizan Naqvi Khojji of Lahore

Week 09 – Religions of Pakistan
4. Hindu-Muslim Relations in History - Dr. Fuad Naeem
5. Christianity
Visit to Mariamabad Sheikhupura with Fr. Emmanuel Asi

Spectrum of Islam

Week 10 – Spectrum of Islam
1. Sunni: Pre-Modern Period - Syed Rehan Gillani
2. Sunni: Mod: Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahl-e-Hadis - SherAli Tareen

Week 11 - Spectrum of Islam
3. Shia’t: Ismaili, Bohri and others - Hamid Reza Fazil
4. Ahmadis - Syed Omar Shaukat Ali

Week 12 - Spectrum of Islam
5. Sufism in Pakistan – Historic Survey - Syed Rehan Gillani

6. Sufism in Pakistan-Contemporary Trends -

    Visit to Pakpattan Sharif Contemporary Khanqah

Languages of Pakistan

Week 13 – Languages of Pakistan - Urdu
1. Introduction to Urdu – Language & Literature - Mustafa Menai
2. Poetics – Urooz - Syed Hijaz Mehdi

Week 14 – Languages of Pakistan – Balochi & Seraiki
3. Baluchi Epic Poetry - Shey Sholan &  Jawansaal Bugti - Danish Baloch
4. Seraiki – Khwaja Ghulam Farid; Sachal Sarmast

Week 15 - Languages of Pakistan - Punjabi & Sindhi
5. Language & Culture - Fiaz Khan

6. Pushto poetry: Khush-haal Khan Khattak; Rehman Baba; Ghani Khan - Fiaz Khan


Concluding Session

Week 16 - Concluding Session
1. Heritage of Pakistan: What is it and Why it Matters? Kamil Khan Mumtaz

2. Discussion


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


The program duration is four months, with sessions held on Saturdays only from 5:30 to 7: 30/45 pm, consisting of two sessions with a minute break in between. The opening session is on Saturday,15th February 2020.


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

Eligibility & Fee Structure:

Academic Qualification: Intermediate (Minimum)

Age: 18 Years +

Language: Urdu, English.

Selection Interview of Interested Applicants

Course Fee:  PKR. 4000/per month.

(Note: Cost of Field Study Trips are borne separately by registered students)

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.

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. 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. 

Dr. Sarah Waheed is Assistant Professor of History at Davidson College, North Caolina.  She is also the Director of South Asian Studies at Davidson.


"My doctoral training and research interests have spanned over five centuries of South Asian history, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on South Asian Islam in the global context. I examine the links between religion, secularism, and decolonization by way of the lives and writings of South Asian intellectuals whose primary language was Urdu. This intelligentsia was particularly influential and involved in progressive cultural movements that were at once, anti-colonial, left-leaning, and which cross-cut minoritarian Indo-Muslim politics. As a cultural historian, I am particularly interested in understanding what we might learn from texts not traditionally considered part of official archives, such as literature and cinema." 

Link: https://www.davidson.edu/people/sarah-waheed

Dr. Qaiser Shahzad: 2011 Ph. D. Department of Philosophy, Punjab University (Dissertation: A comparative analysis of the cosmological Doctrines of Eriugena and Ibn ‘Arabi.) 2004 M.A. Department of Philosophy, Punjab University (Dissertation: Divine Names as theFoundation of Ethics: A Comparison of Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi). Dr. Qaiser currently teaches at the International Islamic University, Islamabad as Associate Professor Aqeedah & Philosophy. 

Rasheed Butt, a world renowned calligrapher, started Calligraphy in 1961. He says about himself, “I am fascinated by the timeless and captivating message of the Holly Qur’an and Sunnah, It gives me much pride to know that my hand is an instrument in creating delightful expression of this Divine message. I feel honoured that the Almighty has bestowed upon me this opportunity to spread this Divine message to audiences worldwide. My work in Islamic Calligraphy is my fate and destiny to which I have dedicated my life.” He has exhibited his work all over the globe and many of his Calligraphy masterpieces feature in museums, private collections and many monuments.

Link: https://www.rasheedbutt.com/about/

Salman Rasheed, Pakistan's most widely travelled travel writer with few places in the country that do not carry his footprint. Acclaimed as 'the most erudite travel writer of the country', he is the author of eight books that include anthologies of his newspaper articles and a memoir of the 1947 Partition. 

From the lush green Deosai plains to the scenic beaches of Balochistan, and from the ravines of the red granite Karoonjhar hills on eastern border with India to the bleak salt pans of Mashkel on the Iranian border, there are few places in Pakistan that remain untouched by his feet. He trekked 1,100 km “between two burrs of the map”, the Karakorum and Hindukush mountains.

Salman Rashid’s travel accounts are a logical and scholarly mix of history, geography, sociology, folklore, anthropology and high adventure.

Syed Omar Shaukat Ali is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts Department at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi, Pakistan. His main academic interests are metaphysics, political theory and film studies.”

Mustafa Menai is Lecturer of Urdu at the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Studies Department. His research interest is focused on the history of Hindi-Urdu education, curriculum development and teacher training in South Asia. He is also interested in the pedagogy of teaching language through literature, and experimenting with different poetic structures such as ghazal, nazm and haiku.

Link: https://www.southasia.upenn.edu/people/mustafa-menai

SherAli Tareen is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He is co-editor of Imagining the Public in Modern South Asia. His work centers on Muslim intellectual thought in modern South Asia with a focus on intra-Muslim debates and polemics on crucial questions of law, ethics, and theology. Dr. Tareen is also interested in the intersection of secularism and Muslim intellectual thought, Muslim  political thought, and  Muslim revolutionary politics in the inter-war period. 

Link: https://www.fandm.edu/sherali-tareen

Qasim Jafri: Qasim Jafri is by profession the Chief Executive Officer at Imperium Hospitality Limited, but his passion and study of Urdu, Farsi literature and poetry has continued parallel to his professional career. He initiated and conducts the open Urdu & Farsi poetry sittings at Hastoneest for the past five years. He is also a calligraphy student of Sajid Naqvi sahib.

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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.