Mr. Christopher Candland is a Associate Professor, Political Science Department and Director, South Asia Studies Program in Wellesley College .
I want to begin by giving you some background on how I came to decide to write about faith and philanthropy in Pakistan. I had been a graduate student in Karachi, at the Applied Economic Research Centre, in 1992 and 1993. After that I had the good fortune of teaching about Pakistan, and other South Asian polities, since 1996 at the University of California Berkeley and since 1999 at Wellesley College, one of the premier women’s colleges in the United States.
The present discussion of future social sciences research in Pakistan is mainly concerned with the likely impact of the 18th amendment of the Constitution and the proposed devolution of powers on institutions of higher learning and their personnel. But irrespective whether the central or provincial governments (or both) will be responsible, the major issues will remain the same. Having worked in the field of South Asian studies in general and of Pakistan studies in particular, inside and outside the country, I shall restrict my contribution to some observations to social science research in Pakistan. I made these observations as a member of an institute, i.e. the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, Germany, that was set up half a century ago to study South Asia in an interdisciplinary way. I am aware of the fact that as an economist and outsider my assessment may be rightfully considered to be biased.
Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center organized a lecture on April 12, 2011, on the future of Muslims and the notion of perception and reality, by Professor Adnan Zulfiqar.
Mr. Adnan Zulfiqar, who is a Law and Public Policy advisor at the Annenberg Center for Global Communication in Philadelphia, delivered the guest lecture. At present, he is pursuing his doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle Eastern Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. In the past, he has been the President of Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria, and a visiting scholar for human rights in Tehran. He is, also, an adjunct professor for religious studies at Arcadia University. He holds a Juris Doctor from University of Pennsylvania, MLS in International Law from Georgetown University, and bachelors in religion and anthropology from Emory University.