“O My Lord ! Increase me in Knowledge”
1.To promote and develop Islamic History with an objective of Inclusive Growth.
2.To create an academic knowledge of the Arab world so as to tap the economic opportunity there in a bilaterally beneficial mode.
3.To promote the principle of mutual respect and toleration, since ours is a great country with second largest Muslim population and the historic legacy that is challenged by none.
Profile of PG Department of Islamic History
The Department of Islamic History started functioning in Government College, Malappuram in 1976. In the beginning the subject was under double main stream with Arabic as the second main. By 1978 onwards the department was put to single main stream with Economics and Politics as subsidiaries and during the academic year 2012-13 Post Graduation in Islamic History has been introduced. Prof. H Ebrahim was the first members of the faculty of this department. The department has an excellent academic record. The students of the department have scored first rank for the last three years consecutively in the university examinations. Sri A Vijayaraghavan, Member of the Parliament is one among the alumnae with first rank.
Relevance of the Course
With the dawn of the 21st century, studies on the history and culture of the Muslims has become more relevant than ever before. We will be convinced of this fact by simply passing our attention over the print media, the electronic media or the journals and books that are published world over. We cannot pass these media and publications without confronting a reference to matters related specifically with Islamic or Muslim. The relations that the Muslims keep within themselves and the outer world have become a matter of academic interest in all societies. The latest trends in the life of the Muslims and their thoughts are put to close observation more by the policy makers and diplomats than the community themselves. Presently the situation has reached a point in which political polarisations, social trends, reformist movements, attempts to gain values of modern education, democracy, gender equality, human rights etc. among the Muslims have become an academic matter discussed among all. Social scientists with a deep knowledge in the matters related with the Muslim society and culture are as imperative as good economist, political scientist, sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher etc. Hence the relevance of an academic pursuit is more relevant, and it is more so in an area like Malappuram.
Islamic Banking and Finance is the best example for this emerging interest for academic community. In August 2007, Govt. of India under the Planning Commission constituted a high level committee on Financial Sector reforms (CFSR) under the chairmanship of Dr. Raghuram Rajan, former chief economist, IMF along with other eleven members who are the finest financial and legal minds in the country.
CFSR submitted its final report in Sept. 2008 to Prime Minister with the specific recommendation of interest free banking in the country:
“Another area that falls broadly in the ambit of financial infrastructure for inclusion is the provision of interest-free banking. Certain faiths prohibit the use of financial instruments that pay interest. The non-availability of interest-free banking products (where the return to the investor is tied to the bearing of risk, in accordance with the principles of that faith) results in some Indians, including those in the economically disadvantaged strata of society, not being able to access banking products and services due to reasons of faith. This non-availability also denies India access to substantial sources of savings from other countries in the region.
While interest-free banking is provided in a limited manner through NBFCs and cooperatives, the Committee recommends that measures be taken to permit the delivery of interest-free finance on a larger scale, including through the banking system. This is in consonance with the objectives of inclusion and growth through innovation. The Committee believes that it would be possible, through appropriate measures, to create a framework for such products without any adverse systemic risk impact”. (Chapter 3: Broadening Access to Finance, Page: 72)
The Malabar area has a historic connection with the Arab world and as a part of that link a large number of people from Kerala state, especially from the Malabar area are working as expatriate in the Arab World. The remittance from this source is a major contribution to the Indian economy. The Arab world, its people, culture, history, economic resources and opportunity, thought, philosophy and everything are vital part of our co-existence and knowledge of the affairs of the Arab world is essential in every aspect of our national life.
In Central Universities like Aligarh and Jamia Millia Islamic History is included from UG to Ph.D level and the same area of study is given in Kerala Universities as Islamic History and Culture. There are a lot of students undergoing UG Programme in Islamic History and Culture in various colleges affiliated to the University of Calicut and many more are doing graduation as Private candidates.The Department of PG Islamic History is already there at University of Kerala at University College Trivandrum as well as at Karyavattom Campus. Department of PG Islamic History is there at Ernakulam Maharaja’s College under Mahatma Gandhi University.
The subject with its vitality, the capability to deal with collective pluralism and as the means to provide with developing technical progress is the most essential one.