Syed Asad Abbas Rizvi
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, International Islamic University, Islamabad
Dr. Asad Rizvi an assistant professor in the Department of Education of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIU). He is an active researcher and research coordinator for research degree programs and the focal person for the Career Center at IIU, and formerly taught different subjects at master’s and doctoral level at different universities.
Dr. Rizvi has a master’s in education, Arabic, and Islamic studies and a Ph.D. in education from Pakistan and did a post-doc from the University of Toronto, Canada.
His research and academic interests include multicultural education, cultural diversity, inter-cultural and interfaith dialogue in institutions, philosophy of education and madrassa education.
Dr. Rizvi uses interreligious dialogue in addressing religious gatherings and conducts training related to, and mainstraiming, IRD in religious and educational institutions at the national and international level for many years. His main argument that understanding and respect of one other’s culture and faith is vital in order to develop as a person and a nation.
Aside from educational research, his main academic contribution is the application of hermeneutics in educational settings in Pakistan. Moreover, he developed the first-ever teachers training program for religious teachers in Pakistan and a model for Muslim teachers training.
His motto cites the importance of respect and interfaith harmony of Karbala, the largest peaceful gathering on the world: “Enculturation of Karbala is the best possible way for peaceful survival of Homo Sapiens”.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Promoting Interfaith dialogue in Educational Institutions: Developing A Resource guide for teachers and Teacher Educators
The project is design to reduce the hate speech from Pakistani Society using interfaith dialogue . There are three basic issues with hate speech. First it is not recognized as school or society related problem and there is no mechanism available to reduce hate speech in educational institutions. The third issue is that our teachers were not prepared for tackling hate speech in classrooms. In this situation, the focus of this project is to develop a step by step guide that will be used by schools to identify and reduce hate speech in schools using interfaith dialogue. As religion plays a vital role in life of the people and many times, hate speech is based upon religion, so understanding of interfaith and intra-faith dialogue will be helpful in reducing hate speech. The second reason is when students were able to conduct dialogue, they will also be able to use respectable words for others and avoid hate speech. A step by step guide for schools is one of the best way to counter the hate speech in educational institutions of Pakistan