Urdu at LUMS: An Interview with Dr. Ahmad Bilal

This article was published in LDS’ Volume 2 Issue 3 (print edition) dated April, 2018. Dr. Ahmad Bilal Awan is currently an Assistant Professor at School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at LUMS. He did his Ph.D. from GC University with his dissertation and research analysis on philosophical subjects in Urdu. He did his Post-doctoral…

A Glance Through the Rearview Mirror – Course Reviews #2

World Since 1453 with Dr. Ali Raza “If World Since 1453 were to be a musical performance, it would be a string quartet. Ali Raza would start it off with a slow melancholic symphony, slowly rising into a haunting spectre with sharp bow movements grating the strings of the violin, the world in a frenzy,…

A Glance Through the Rearview Mirror – Course Reviews #1

Modern Physics with Dr. Sabieh Anwar “As a sophomore doing an Economics major, I enrolled in Modern Physics, despite the fact that everyone advised me against it. I heard that I would get ‘screwed over’ and that I should choose an ‘easier’ course if I was looking for an outgroup. I remember in my very first…

In Conversation with Dr. Basit Bilal Koshul

Dr. Koshul completed his bachelors in Political Science from Rutgers University (1989). He did his first Masters from William Peterson College in Social Sciences (1994) and his second Masters in Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations (1999) from Hartford Seminary.  His first PhD, from Drew University, was in Religion and Society specializing in the Sociology…

The Inconspicuous Relation (Discourses Within Disciplines)

In one of the Social Policy lectures at LUMS, the instructor of that particular course touched upon the definition of poverty. That would, then by corollary, also entail defining basic human needs because only then policymakers could measure if a certain person is poor or not and deserves state welfare. What the course premises on is the…

Special cases

Most of us grew up oblivious to an advantage. An advantage that made people put us on pedestal, something that made us better somehow. We grew up trying to align our life in a certain perfect way, in the ‘’should be like this’’ phrase and it worked but, unfortunately, just for some time. Turns out,…

Travel Agencies: How It Happens

Contributors: Laiba Paracha and Aiman Manzoor Tourism has become a vital source of earning for our country, once depleted almost entirely due to relentless security threats and the lack of proper infrastructure. However, traveling, a main part of tourism has augmented at a fast pace, due to increased globalisation in the recent years. Students, who…