Dr. Mohammad Idris Lourey
Doctorate in History from a rural background and backward class, Dr. Mohammad Idris is working as Assistant Professor, Department of History, Punjabi University, Patiala. Dedicated to Historical research, communal harmony and social service, he is a multi-faceted personality with rich academic pursuits and zeal to work for the society. Keeping in view the fact that the historical facts needs to be placed in their proper perspective to achieve communal harmony, Dr. Idris has taken a number initiatives in the form of literary works including writing books and research articles and emerged as a young scholar who has worked for strengthening communal harmony and highlighted the strong inter-religious bonds and affiliations of saints, bhagats and followers of different religions. He has authored, edited & translated seven books including Yug Purush Sardar Swaran Singh 1907-1994 published from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi, Foreign Trade under Mughals & Mughal Bharat, 1526-1707 from renowned publishing houses, Sheikh Farid Sidhantik te Ithasik Preepekh from National Book Trust, Government of India, New Delhi, Ain-e-Akbari, edited in Punjabi (under publication) assigned by the prestigious Historical Studies Department of Punjabi University, Patiala. He has also translated Khwab ton Zara Pehlan, poetry of celebrated Punjabi writer from Pakistan. Apart from this has written 21 research papers published in various national and inter-national Journals depicting the inter-religious bonds promoting communal harmony which include Guru Gobind Singh and His Muslim Followers, Role Model Sikh Politician in South Asia. He is heading a strong research group and supervising research on many issues and one Doctorate and eighteen Master of Philosophy degrees have been awarded under his supervision.
He has been conferred with State Award in the field of Literature and Social Service by the Government of Punjab in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the society. He has organized and attended two National Integration camps and a number of camps under National Service Scheme, Government of India to spread the message of communal harmony and national integration amongst the masses. He has visited a number of villages in the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh states under this scheme to spread the message of communal harmony and national integration. He is striving hard to develop and strengthen a model to spread this message through such camps.
He spoke on various national and international forums to spread the message of brotherhood, strengthening communal harmony and composite culture on the themes of Islam and Non-Violence, Society of Medieval Punjab as reflected in the Bani Guru Nanak, Sufism and National Integration, Historical Importance of Bhag Singh Chandrodhiya's Granth,The Birth and Early Life of Banda Bahadur; Role of Sufis and Secularism, Contribution of Sheikh Farid to the Composite Culture of the Punjab and Alberuni’s Kitab-ul-Hind as a Historical Source of Religious Understanding and Social Harmony between the Hindus and Muslims during early Medieval India.
Bharti Dharam Darshan ate Samajik Ekta de Itihasik Soomey, a monumental work on historical sources of social and religious harmony of India under publication by National Foundation for Communal Harmony, New Delhi. He is a source of inspiration for students to work for the society to further promote communal harmony and national integration.