Muhammad Shahid Habib
Dr. Muhammad Shahid Habib is an assistant professor of comparative religions and is serving as the Executive Director of the International Interreligious Dialogue and Research Centre and the Editor of the Research Journal of ‘ABHATH’ for Islamic Studies and Social Sciences at Lahore Garrison University, Pakistan. He is also associate editor of the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, published in London. He completed a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a PhD (in comparative religions with a specialization in the Christian theology of interfaith dialogue) from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also holds a master’s degree in Arabic from Punjab University Lahore, and Sahadatul Aalamiya (master in Islamic sciences) from the renowned Islamic seminary Darrul Uloom Muhammadia Ghusia in Bhera Sharifa Pakistan. He has authored research articles in national and international publications and published a book on interreligious dialogue and Islamic studies. His book Religious Dialogue between Muslims and Christians in the Pakistani Context was published by Lambert Publishing Germany in 2014.
Dr. Habib teaches at various universities in Pakistan and also presents his research at national and international conferences. He organized conferences and seminars in Pakistani universities. He speaks Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu. He seeks to promote peace and harmony at the national and international level through interreligious dialogue and to serve humanity through minimising armed conflicts among nations. He delivers Khutbat (religious sermons) at mosques and religious platforms. He believes in the values of tolerance, pluralism and diversity
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
AWARENESS OF INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AMONG STUDENTS IN PAKISTANI UNIVERSITIES
The students in Pakistani universities are not well aware with interreligious dialogue and religious traditions. And the students of Islamic Studies are also not so tolerant regarding other religions in Pakistani context. The project is carried out at three (The University of Lahore, University of Karachi, International Islamic University Islamabad) different universities in Pakistan with support from KAICIID and The Institute of Policy, Research and Development Lahore and Iqbal Institute of Dialogue’s Platform in Pakistan. It was intended to train and equip the MS and Phd students of Religious Studies who are attending the universities for their graduation with the necessary knowledge and skills to become trainers and facilitators of Interreligious Dialogue and peace building. The project was conceived through KAICIID Fellow Muhammad Shahid Habib’s participation in the KAICIID International Fellows Program’s second training. As a Fellow, Muhammad Shahid Habib that KAICIID encouraged him to design and develop a project according to the specific needs of his country (Pakistan) and with his participation in KIFP.