The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre, established in January 2017, will host this year the Iqbal Day to commemorate the birthday of the Muslim thinker Muhammad Iqbal who was born 140 years ago. This Iqbal Day will highlight the motif of the journey in Iqbal’s works.
Muhammad Iqbal often describes life as a journey to God. We all are travellers. Where does this journey of life lead us? It is the longing for God leading us to this journey that does not resemble any other journey. The journey is of existential and spiritual importance because this journey happens to ourselves whilst we exist – this is the way we travel. The spiritual momentum of this journey is about binding it to our heart.
The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre was officially opened by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi on 13 February 2017. The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre wants to establish a fundamental framework for the re-vitalisation of Iqbal Studies and the systematic research of Iqbal's works in Europe. It aims to support scholars and young researchers and sees itself as as a research network and think tank. The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre is not only dedicated to Iqbal's work but strives to provide innovative impulses for Islamic thought.
Around 200 experts, young reseachers and students were invited to the first Muhammad Iqbal Symposium titled "Limits and Transcending Limits. The Antagonism of Philosophy and Religion" on 20 and 21 November 2015. The participants had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss theological and religious philosophical questions closely linked to the work of Muhammad Iqbal. The kick-off event for a series of events and research activities marks a successful start for a revitalisation of Iqbal Studies in Europe and worldwide.