ایک ماہ تعارفی درس برائے نظریہ علم

One Month Comparative Study on the Story of Knowledge


The Quest for Knowledge in the Western and the Islamic Tradition.

Course is scheduled to begin Saturday, 5th May 2018; 
Application Deadline is Tuesday, 1st  May 2018

The program will be conducted in English/Urdu, and is suitable for beginners to the subject. There is limited online provision for applicants living outside Lahore. Certificates of participation will be provided.



γνῶθι σεαυτόν (gnōthi seauton):

Know Thyself!

Maxim said to have been inscribed at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi


Man ‘arafa nafsahu faqad ‘arafa Rabbahu:

Whosoever knows himself, knows his Lord!

Words of Wisdom uttered by the Prophet Muhammad (صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ)


This introductory course traces the quest for knowledge in the “Western” tradition (Greek-Jewish-Christian heritage) and the Islamic tradition (Greek-Islamic heritage) by inviting participants to encounter some of the seminal figures of each tradition, and in the process,


1.) get a glimpse into the life and times of those figures,

2.) come to ask the core questions, detect the underlying tensions and concerns, and feel the key crises and critical encounters in their lives and works as responses,

3.) develop a basic sense of the nature and contours of their contribution and the broader impact of their legacy.


On our journey, we’ll be led by guides, joined by companions and helped by expositors.


It is hoped that through these meetings, engagements and conversations with the paradigmatic representatives of each tradition, learners will be encouraged to embark with renewed insight and vigor upon their own quest for knowledge by venturing mindfully through questions such as:


“What is knowledge?”,

“Are there different levels and modes of knowledge, and if so, what are distinctions and relationships between them?”,

“What is the relationship between knowing oneself, knowing the order of nature, and knowing God?”,

“What can be known and how can we know it?”,

“Can we know anything for certain?”,

“What does it mean to know?”,

“What is the relationship between knowing and being?”,

“What is the relationship between sacred and profane knowledge?”,

“What is the origin, purpose and end of knowledge…and why should I seek to know?”,

“What are the benefits and/or dangers of knowledge?”,

“Are there limits to knowledge and are there phenomena or realities that simply cannot be known?”,

“Is knowledge something that can be attained through human effort or is it a divine gift, and can knowledge save?”,'

“Is knowledge objective or subjective or both or neither?”

“Is knowledge an act to be performed, an object to be possessed, a quality or virtue with which one becomes identified?”, and

“Have we automatically become more ‘knowledgeable’, ‘enlightened’ and thus “progressed” merely by way of the passage of historical time or have we become in many sense more ‘ignorant’?”

“What is the relationship between knowing and being human?”

“Is there a difference between knowledge and love or is knowing loving and loving knowing?”

Programme Outline:

Islamic Tradition 

(Greco-Islamic Heritage)

Hamid Raza Fazil

۱۔  معرفت شناسی کی تعریف: معرفت شناسی کی روش، اس کا دوسرے علوم سے رابطہ اور اس کی ضرورت، اسلام میں معرفت شناسی کا اجمالی جائزہ

۲۔ اسلامی دنیا کے پہلے فلسفی کندی اور فارابی کی مختصر تاریخ اور معرفت شناسی میں ان کا موقف

۳۔ ابن سینا اور امام غزالی کی مختصر تاریخ اور معرفت شناسی میں ان کا موقف

۴۔ ابن رشد اور شیخ الاشراق کی مختصر تاریخ اور معرفت شناسی میں ان کا موقف

۵۔ فخرالدین رازی اور خواجہ نصیر الدین طوسی کی مختصر تاریخ اور معرفت شناسی میں ان کا نظریہ

۶۔ ملا صدرا اور علامہ طباطبایی کی مختصر حالات زندگی اور معرفت شناسی میں ان کا نظریہ

Western Tradition

(Greco-Jewish-Christian Heritage)

Ali Galestan

  1. The Hebrew Prophets, The Hebrew Bible

  2. Pre-Socratics

  3. Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans

  4. Socrates, Plato

  5. Mother Mary (عليه السلام) and Jesus Christ (عليه السلام) and the New Testament

  6. The (neo) Platonic Tradition: Proclus and Plotinus - The Essential Enneads

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


The program duration is one month. The class timings are evenings (7:00 to 9:00 pm) on Saturdays and Sundays. A total of 16 sessions where 12 sessions are seminar lectures. 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

Program Fee:  PKR. 6000/- (Rupees six thousand only).

Concession for students.

How to Apply:


Interested applicants should send in their names, cell number and email address to with a short paragraph stating their reason for joining this program.

An interview will thereafter be held of the applicant for final selection to the one month course.

Queries can be forwarded on 8493170

Teachers Profile:




                          Maulana Hamid Reza Fazil




Ustad Fazil belongs to Mianwali and is a traditional religious scholar of Arabic, Quranic Exegesis and Islamic Law with special interest in philosophy & metaphysics. 

                         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?"