ISLAMABAD: Dr. Ajaz Ahmad Lone, who hails from Baramulla district has been selected for Post-doctoral research fellowship in the department of Social Foundations and Educational Leadership, Kulliyyah of Education at the International Islamic University Malaysia in Iqbal studies, according to a message received here Tuesday.
Dr. Lone is the first researcher of Iqbal studies who has bagged this scholarship. Dr. Ajaz Ahmad Lone is the resident of conflict zone of Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir. He has been currently posted as a contractual lecturer in Sociology Department at Government Boys Degree College Sopore and Chairman of Iqbal Research Institute Lahore, Trehgam Kupwara (Jammu & Kashmir Chapter).
Dr. Ajaz Ahmad Lone has been a privilege of being a first student from Sociology who has completed his M.Phil and Ph.D from a reputed research institute, Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India. Residing from Baramulla, Ajaz Lone has completed his early education from district Baramulla. The watershed in his academic career took place when he moved to Kashmir University for post-graduation in Sociology where he completed his research and (UGC-NET) under the joint supervision of Prof. Bashir Ahmad Nahvi and Prof. Pirzada M. Amin. Dr. Ajaz participated in over a dozen of national and international conferences and seminars. He has invited to several workshops and seminars Dr. Ajaz coordinated several research projects related with social policy and societal importance. He is the Chairman of Iqbal Research Institute Lahore, Pakistan (Kashmir Chapter) and active member of Iqbal Academy India, Pakistan and Iran.
The whole Iqbalian fraternity including Regional President and Patron of Iqbal Research Institute Lahore, Khalid Lateef and Munib Iqbal has congratulated Dr. Lone for his success. Dr. Ajaz comments on his scholarship: “The duration of the fellowship is twelve months and I am the first Iqbalian Scholar who received an international fellowship to study Allama Iqbal and Ali Shariati.” (Kashmir Life 28th December 2020)’
Dr. Ajaz Ahmad Lone comments on Iqbal and Ali Shariati: “Shariati is a profound and original thinker. It was after a long time, probably after Ibn Khuldun, that such a great scholar sociologist, with deep Quranic insight and universal Islamic vision was born, his fundamental contribution will keep him alive for decades and centuries together. However, it is generally felt that Shariati is well known within the boundaries of Iran rather than outside. So, the need arises to introduce him to the people in the world in general and to the educated Muslims in particular. In this book, I have attempted to introduce Shariati at various levels but in general way, our Endeavour is to portray him as a revolutionary social reformer who believes in the transformation of contemporary Muslim society, by Progressive Muslim intellectuals rather than the conservative and dogmatic Muslim Mullahs.”