An interaction with Prof. Amy Ruth Catlin (USA)

Compass Foundation organised an academic interaction with Prof. Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy of the Department of Ethnomusicology, University of California and Los Angeles with collaboration of Chair for Islamic Studies and Research (CISR). The programme, titled “Muslims and Music in Malabar: An Ethnomusicology of Mappila Songs”, was conducted at the Library Hall in the Chair for Islamic Studies and Research, Uinversity of Calicut on 9th January 2019.

Prof. Amy Catlin presented some rare collection of Mappila songs, which were collected by Arnold Bake , a renowned Professor of Musicology in London University, when he visited Malappuram in 1938. She talked about the history of those collections and led a discussion on the theme and styles of the songs.

The Programme, attended by a selected group of students, scholars, and active learners, was started at 4pm and ended at 6pm.

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Lecture Series on Islamic Philosphy

Compass in association with Chair for Islamic Studies and Research conducted 5 Days Lecture Series on Islamic Philosophy. This Series is intended to introduce undergraduate level students to the major issues, figures, and texts of Islamic philosophy. Through the history and subject matters of Islamic philosophy, this program aims to familiarize the students with the historical development as well as major issues and themes of Islamic Philosophy.

Date: 19, 21,22,23 & 26 of Nov. 2018

Time2.00pm – 4.00pm

VenueLibrary Hall, Chair for Islamic Studies and Research,University of Calicut

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Research Talk on Magnetic Origami

Compass conducted a research talk by C.K.  Safeer (CIC  Nanogune,  San  sebastian,  Spain.)on Magnetic origamy in association with Dept. of Physics, Calicut unversity.


The  discovery  of  Giant  magnetoresistance  in  1988,  to  which  the  Nobel  Prize  was  awarded  in 2007,  gave  birth  to  Spintronics1.  Spintronics  is  an  emerging  research  field  that  bridges magnetism  and  electronics  and  offers  different  kinds  of  device  applications  such  as  magnetic memories,  logic  devices,  etc.  To  define  a  spintronics  device  functions,  different  magnetic, electric  and  material  parameters  can  be  changed.  In  our  studies,  we  propose  to  use  the  shape  as  a new  parameter  to  determine  the  device  behavior.  Similarly  to  the  paper  origami,  our  objects  are made  of  the  same  material;  however  they  function  as  different  magnetic  devices  since  they  have different  shapes.  This  idea  was  evolved  from  our  observation  of  a  new  kind  of  current  induced magnetic  domain  wall  motion.  The  current  induced  domain  wall  motion  is  a  well-known phenomenon  for  many  years  and  it  was  generally  studied  along  one  dimension  in  magnetic nanowires  by  applying  current  along  the  wire  (or  collinear  to  the  wire).  In  our  experiment,  we studied  it  in  two  dimensions  by  placing  the  nanowires  non-collinear  to  the  current  direction.  We observed  that  the  domain  wall  moves  in  a  selective  way  through  different  directions  in  the  two dimensions2.  Using  these  observations,  we  could  design  different  two  dimensional  shapes  where the  domain  wall  motion  could  be  manipulated  according  to  the  device  requirements.  This  led  to the  realization  of  magnetic  origami.  We  developed  different  kinds  of  magnetic  switching schemes  by  making  different  shapes  from  the  same  Pt/Co/AlOx  material2,3.  The  mechanism behind  this  novel  behavior  is  linked  to  nonlinear  magnetization  dynamics  produced  by  the  spinorbit  torques2.  Moreover,  this  new  approach  offers  a  new  perspective  on  spin-orbit  phenomena shedding  a  different light  on  the physics behind the  spin orbit  torques.

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Well-wishers gathering & academic council

COMPASS Foundation for Academic Networking hosted its Annual Academic Council and Well-wishers gathering at the chair for Islamic Studies and Research, Calicut University, on 22nd October from 10.30 am to
12.30pm. Though the programme was scheduled to begin at 10am, it was delayed by 30 minutes as some of the guests had difficulty in reaching on time. The honorable chief guest Janab Panakkad Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab
Thangal arrived and was escorted to the venue by Visiting Professor of the Islamic Chair, Dr. Rahmatullah Sahib.
Dr. Anas C.A, Director of COMPASS Foundation, delivered the welcome note and invited Dr. Rahmatullah to chair the function. In his unique and polite tone Dr. Rahmatullah elaborated on the objectives of the Islamic Chair and the way how COMPASS helps the Chair to fulfill its mission effectively. He mentioned that the Chair was comparatively passive until it made a collaboration with COMPASS to start academic programmes in the
Chair. He also shared the dream of developing Islamic Chair to a world-renowned center for advanced researches and expressed his hope that the Team COMPASS would help achieve it.
The next agenda was a presentation on the mission and activities of COMPASS foundation. It was done by one of the directors of COMPASS Foundation, Mr. Ismail T. The presentation covered major concerns of the
Foundation and the activities it proposes to address them. Major topics of the presentation include: Objectives of Islamic Chair and COMPASS Initiatives, Academic programmes based at the Islamic Chair, Events of 2017-18 academic year, etc.
The next and most important agenda of the programme was Website Launching of Islamic Chair. It was a full-responsive and fully-dynamic website constructed and maintained by COMPASS Foundation. It was
officially launched by the honorable guest Janab Panakkad Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal. After the launching Sayyid Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal delivered a highly inspiring and encouraging speech. He emphasized the
importance of the mission of COMPASS Foundation and the need to revive the lost heritage of intellectual leadership of the Muslim Community.
The final agenda was a discussion in which the well-wishers contributed their ideas, and shared their concerns and thoughts. A total of 30 well wishers attended the gathering. With conclusion and prayer of Mr.
Mehaboob, director of COMPASS.

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Workshop for UG Students

Towards Research, Concerns in Methodologies

To develop a sound methodological base of research among the UG Students of Social Sciences COMPASS conducts a One Day Workshop on Research Methodologies.

The Workshop will be lead  by Mr. Abdur Rahoof (Research Scholar, Leiden University, Netherlands)

Total Intake: 20

Date: 12-October-2017 (Thursday)

Time: 11.00 am – 3.30 pm

Venue: Chair for Islamic Studies, Calicut University

Fee: Rs. 200.00


Academic Workshop: Ibn al-‘Arabī’s World With Dr.Eric Winkel

ibnalarab-world-1COMPASS organizes two days academic workshop on Ibn al-‘Arabī’s World lead by Dr.Eric Winkel.

Ibn al-ʿArabī [1165-1240] is the shaykh al-akbar (Greatest Teacher) of the Islamic tradition, known to the West as the Doctor Maximus. Without founding a school or a system, Ibn al-ʿArabī’s vision is nevertheless found implicit and enfolded into all spiritual traditions, and is absolutely central to mystic Islam. His extraordinary capacity for unveiling mysteries and his creative inspiration offer an incomparable source of insights into an essential approach to Reality.

An Ibn al-Arabi scholar, Dr. Winkel has studied Futuhat al-Makkiyah, Ibn al-‘Arabī’ s magnum opus, over 24 years. Since 2012, he has been translating the Futuhat, intended to be the first complete, as well as the most accurate and contemporary translation into English of this masterwork running to 10,000 manuscript pages put into 37 volumes, a project of eight years. Preprints of 12 books are now available online.  (Read more about Dr. Winkel:

The workshop was held on 11th and 12th October 2016. 


Seminar: Decolonial Feminism

De-colonial Feminisms: Exploring Religion as a Methodology


The model of power that is globally hegemonic today presupposes an element of coloniality. (Quijano, 2000). White feminism which imbibes the same hegemonic element has been under serious criticism from Black, Latin American, Chicana and Islamic/Muslim feminists and anthropologists for long. Though this resistant discourses as diverse as it has been in its geographic, spatial and temporal locations has now come to be looked upon as a decolonial possibility and consequently grouped by present day theorists as decolonial ‘feminisms’. There are differences and tensions among figures and movements that advance the decolonial turn, and the same stands true for Decolonial Feminisms as well. 

Coloniality in the context of gender, as pointed out by María Lugones (2010: 747), enables us to ‘understand the oppressive impositions as a complex interaction of economic, racializing, and gendering systems in which every person in the colonial encounter can be found as a live, historical, fully described being’. This vision, in Lugones’ (2010: 746) terms, calls for feminism ‘from and at the grassroots, and from and at the colonial difference, with a strong emphasis on ground, on a historicized, incarnate subjectivity’. This form of thinking allows for specificity, sensitivity to context and not seeing difference as a split but rather as a creative space.

This talk would try to provide an overview of the Concept and different streams involved, with readings from Major Theorists like Angela Davis, Sylvia Winter, Maria Lugones, Audre Lorde , Gloria Anzaldua, Linda Martin Alcoff, and Houria Boutelldja. The second part of the talk would engage with Boutelldja’s writings regarding Muslim female activism and her critique of Islamic/ Muslim feminism from a decolonial perspective.

Mariam Cooke argues “To call oneself an Islamic feminist…, does not entail the fixing of an identity but rather the creation of a new and highly contingent subject position.” If so, “what would entail the label of a Muslim Decolonial Feminist?”  is the question the speaker would like to think through with the audience present.

Dr. Varsha Basheer of University of Kerala will lead a one day seminar on “Decolonial Feminism”, which is scheduled for 30 of OCTOBER 2016.

The Venue: AVT Hall, Farook College, Feroke, Calicut

Programme partner: PG & Research Department of English, Farook College

Panel: Dr. Abida Farooqui, Dr. Thajudheen Wafi, Dilshad Lilly

Workshop on Muslim Philosophy

The Muslim philosophical tradition which has had a twelve-century-long history and is still alive today, like all other Islamic science, is deeply rooted in the Qur’an and Prophetic Sunnah. Muslim Philosophy  is Islamic not only by virtue of the fact that it was cultivated by Muslims but because it derives its principles, inspiration and many of the questions with which it has been concerned from the sources of Islamic revelation despite the claims of its opponents to the contrary.

COMPASS intends to invite students’ attention to the rich philosophical tradition of Muslims and analyse its content and understand the role it has played in Muslim tradition. For this purpose COMPASS is organizing  two days workshop on Muslim Philosophy.


Bachelor degree in any discipline/ Graduation from any Islamic Madrasa.


2016 September 5, 6


Seminar Hall, MES Mampad College

Programme Schedule

MONDAY (5-09-2016)

9:30-10:00 – Registration

Inaugural session (10:00 am -11:00 am)

Welcome: Sabique.MK (Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic)

Chair: Dr.P.K.Babu (Principal, MES Mampad College)

Introduction: Salahudheen.K (Coordinator,COMPASS)

Inauguration: Prof. Kunhali. V (Visiting Professor, CH Chair/ Former Head of Department of History, University of Calicut)

Vote of Thanks: Dr.Jayafarali (Assistant Professor, Dept. Islamic History)

Tea break (11 – 11.15)

Session -I

Resource Person: Dr.Thafasal Ijyas (Faculty,King Khalid University,KSA)

11:15 – 1:00: Introduction to Muslim Thought

1:00 –  2:00: Lunch break

2:00-3:30: From Early Philosophical tradition to Al-Kindi

Session II

Resource Person: Ismail T. (Academic coordinator, Al-Ihsan Educational Trust, Thalassery)

3:30- 4:00  Discussion (Topic: The idea and meaning of “Muslim Philosophy”)

4:00‎-4:45  Introduction to Key Concepts of Classical Philosophy

TUESDAY (6-09-2016)

Session II  Continues

9:15-10:30 Reading and Discussion: Muslim Philosophy from Al-Kindi to Ibnu Rushd

Tea Break (10:30-10:10:45 )

10:45-11:15  Epistemological Issues (A Game on “Logic” )

Session III

Resource Persons:

Sadique PK (Research Fellow, EFLU, Hyderabad)

Shameer.K.S ( Editor, Other Books)

Hudaifa Rahman (Research Scholar , University of Calicut)                                                                             

11:15-12:30 Sadique PK on “Vessels Of Philosophy: Onto-sociology of Ibnu Khaldun” 

Lunch Break: 12:00-1:30pm

1:30-2:30 Shameer.K.S on  “Sha Waliulla: Philosophy of Legalism as Against Antinominalism”

2:30-3:00 Discussion

3:00-4:00 Hudaifa Rahman on Ways of Being Iqbal   

Conclusion (4:00-4:30)