Syed Rizwan Zamir, PhD
O mankind, truly We created you from a male and a female, and We made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Surely the most noble of you before God are those most Godfearing. (Qur’an 49:13)
My teachers have shown me that knowing One-self (and knowing the world in relation to One-self) involves creating possibilities for profound encounters, and with–in those encounters inter-views and inter-actions. Any encounter –and classroom is only one setting for it – is replete with possibilities for inter-viewing and inter-acting. Inter-viewing that demands allowing the possibility of viewing and discovering together the texts (and through them the authors and worlds of these texts). This encountering through our interviewing culminates then in an intentional and meticulous re-viewing of our lives in its various dimensions. It is only through such encountering, interviewing and re-viewing of our lives that we are able to look at ourselves clearly in the mirror, and meet and inter-act with others, i.e., act upon one another. It is in this spirit then that I invite those present in a room with the rest of the class, to inter-act: with the texts we study, with the authors of the text that we study, with the worlds from which these texts and authors emerge, and in, with and through these texts, authors and worlds, with one another so “we may know one another!”
I generally teach introductory and advanced courses in the area of Islamic Studies and have recently branched into the Humanities Program and South Asian Studies at the College. If you wish to learn more about me, you may do through the avenues listed below.
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