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Sufism in school

A Demand to include Sufi teachings in the primary school syllabus of all South Asian countries has been made by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature in New Delhi.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 12:59 IST

A Demand to include Sufi teachings in the primary school syllabus of all South Asian countries has been made by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature in New Delhi.

That apart, a strong plea to correctly define Sufism and take it beyond its popular definition of singing and whirling Derveshes was made by Sufi scholars from 14 countries.

They were there to draw up a framework for revival and dissemination of Sufi tradition and spirit in the contemporary world. This was the first conference of its kind to be held.

It was one of those occasions when Sufism was deliberately taken out of the realm of Abida Parveens and Muzaffar Alis of the cultural world and placed at the doorstep of scholars who worked at a module to create what they called as “the essential understanding to develop a creative appreciation of Sufism beyond music and dance”.

This initiative, the scholars believed, would use Sufism as an instrument of peace. The success of this initiative was apparent from the brainstorming which went on for three consecutive days among an amalgam of literary scholars including Pakistan’s Hamid Mir, Shahida Shahzad, Bangla Desh’s Sufi Abu Syed Golam Dastgir, Dr Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, Canada’s Gary Dyck, Turkey’s Prof Mahmud E Kilic, among others.