Book fair bars display of Islamic scholar’s works

Published: March 17, 2017
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Islamic scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

Islamic scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi

PESHAWAR: Islamic scholar Javed Ahmad Ghamidi’s books were barred from stalls at a book fair, arranged by the Islami Jamiat-e-Talba’s (IJT) student wing, for being ‘controversial’ among some professors at the University of Peshawar (UoP).

The IJT, under the banner of the Study Aid Foundation for Excellence, organised a three-day book fair on March 13, 14 and 15 at the UoP where 70 book stalls were set up and books exhibited by various publishers from across the country. However, sources privy to the matter, said Ghamidi’s books were barred from the book fair.

According to sources, Al-Mawrid Institute, which publishes Ghamidi’s books, was invited to display them but at the eleventh hour it was asked not to exhibit them.

When contacted by The Express Tribune, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa IJT President Shahkar Aziz said IJT did not consider Ghamidi’s books controversial, but the book fair organiser was asked by the university administration not to allow any stall displaying any controversial works.

An official university letter for holding the book fair in the university premises stated, “No disputed literature/books shall be allowed on the stalls. In case of violation, the event will be cancelled immediately.”

However, the terms and conditions did not specifically point out about Ghamidi’s books being controversial. Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) President Professor Jamil Ahmad Chitrali told The Express Tribune that PUTA had not permitted IJT to organise the book fair nor had been asked to bar Ghamidi’s book stall.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2017.

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  • I K
    Mar 17, 2017 - 10:45AM

    Do they know Ghamidi enough to brand him controversial………Recommend

  • Ravian
    Mar 17, 2017 - 11:28AM

    Shutting him out is the only way to stop Ghamidi, as no scholar can counter his arguments logically…………Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 17, 2017 - 1:01PM

    This is wrong, absolutely wrong. We do not have to agree with every thing that is written or said but banning someone’s work from the marketplace amounts to denial of rights to free speech guaranteed by the law. Diverse views and schools of thoughts instil habit to ponder and analyse and this enriches us intellectually. If we are so sure about whatever we believe to be right then why this fear of a different point if view, after all different doesn’t have to be necessarily deficient.Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul
    Mar 17, 2017 - 2:06PM

    Being controversial is the ultimate test of value in a book. All great books have been controversial one time or the other. How can a University not allow controversial literature. Is that not the essence of education?Recommend

  • Azam
    Mar 17, 2017 - 7:54PM

    How did this guy Ghamidi qualify to be a scholar?Recommend

  • Umar Mashal
    Mar 18, 2017 - 12:19AM

    Thats great Ghaamdi work manipulating youth mind. He is living in an imaginary world,where everyone is free to do what he like. He always negates الولاامر Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 18, 2017 - 3:53AM

    Ghamidi is the most renowned scholar and excellent ambassador of Islam, many so called scholars do not even come close his level of knowledge and intellect. Shame on all those who banned his books

    Ghamidi Sahib please carry on with your good work! May Allah bless you always. Recommend

  • Historian
    Mar 18, 2017 - 5:46AM

    Extremely wrong and typical of insecure lotsRecommend

  • Historian
    Mar 18, 2017 - 5:48AM

    Maulana modoodi is vastly controversial. I am sure his boks did not take part either?Recommend

  • Salman Ahmed Shaikh
    Mar 18, 2017 - 5:42PM

    Maualana Maududi liked him and even when he was expelled from JI, Maulana Maududi asked him that their relationship should remain intact and they lived as neghbours. It is sad to see how Maulana Maududi’s conduct and philosophy has been completely mistaken up the very direct torchbearers. It is extremely sad that in a country of 90%+ Muslim majority, no other way than imposing laws by any sort of political maneuvering is the only way seen to popularize Islam. JI was the only religious political party that believed in genuine democracy, else just pay lip service to democracy and only become part of it due to some religious clauses in constitution. Now, to see JI even coming short of contributing towards a tolerant and pluralistic society, it is sad. Recommend

  • siesmann
    Mar 18, 2017 - 8:15PM

    Did they also ban anti-Ahmadiya books?Recommend

  • Truth
    Mar 19, 2017 - 10:34AM

    Good that they blocked him. He has invented a new version of Isalm. What a shame.Recommend

  • Muhibullah
    Mar 20, 2017 - 4:16PM

    @Ravian:
    “Ghamdi” and predecessors have repeatedly been thoroughly refuted. In fact with Mr. Ghamdi, there’s no internally coherent ideology left anymore since he repeatedly contradicts himself.Recommend

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