The Revival of Seerah: A Case Study about Seerat Research Center and the Encyclopedia of Muhammad ﷺ Project
Keywords:Seerat-un-Nabi, Biography of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), Encyclopedia, Seerat Research Center
Numerous pieces of literature have been produced by Muslims and Orientalists in the field of Seerat-un-Nabi ﷺ or the Biography of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ since early times in various languages of the world. However, in the past 150 years, the majority of research-based material, available to scholars and other readers, mostly belonged to non-Muslims, which normally misguided its readers and mostly gave a negative picture of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Only the material available in Urdu and Arabic languages belonged mostly to Muslims, which has a limited target audience due to the language barrier. Therefore, in order to ensure that research-based authentic information regarding the life, teachings, message and mission of the Holy Prophet ﷺ is made available to all the people of the world, by professional Muslim scholars, Seerat Research Center initiated the 'Encyclopedia of Muhammad ﷺ' project which comprises of more than 100 volumes with a non-traditional segmentation. This case study sheds light on the establishment of Seerat Research Center, details of the Grand project, current progress, financial and other problems faced by the core team, an expert opinion of the founder, the contribution of this project for humankind and possible solutions to alleviate the problems of the research centre.
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