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“Mathnawi Maulana Rum: The King and the Handmaiden" Storytelling as a tool of effective teaching

Department of Health Professions Education organized a webinar as part of the faculty development series on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The Vice-Chancellor STMU Prof. Mohammad Iqbal and the Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Mohammad Amir also attended the webinar. Dr. Tahira Ayub from DHPE moderated the session, welcomed and introduced the guest speaker Madam Humaira Masihuddin. Madam Humaira is an expert advocate and a competent victimologist. She works as a visiting faculty in several prestigious law enforcement and security training schools.  She frequently provides training sessions on diverse topics including the concept of Multiculturalism and Pluralism with a special focus on Islamic teachings, Human Rights, Rights of Minorities in Islam etc. She has been teaching different volumes of Mathnawi Maulana Rum on different forums for the last several years.

The objective to choose a story from Mathnawi for the faculty was to introduce Maulana Rum’s technique of storytelling, which he used as a tool for effective teaching. Thus the guest speaker Madam Humaira Masihuddin selected the first story from Mathnawi maulana Rum. She said in Mathnawi maulana Rum has chosen the technique of storytelling because it’s one of the non-confrontational ways of transferring knowledge. And providing a safe environment for the exchange of different ideas. The Interdisciplinary approach of the story is outstanding which makes it amazing towards understanding life which is a complex thing.

Participants asked questions and posted comments in the comments section throughout the session. Faculty members actively participated in the discussion and asked different questions at the end of the session.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Iqbal Khan thanked the speaker and appreciated introducing the spiritual content. He emphasized that we need to develop the moral and ethical aspects of the students in addition to the scientific knowledge, simultaneously. The session ended with concluding remarks and Dua’a by Dean Faculty Health Sciences and Principal Shifa College of Medicine Prof. Mohammad Amir.

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