Human Happiness, Peace and Development: An Alternate Approach

10 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2014

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Shagufta Omar

International Islamic University - Dawah Academy

Date Written: September 5, 2014


Challenges of Globalization: The main theme of the conference suggests our concern for the challenges of globalization as reflected in the spheres of economics, politics and cultures. Though primarily manifesting itself in new economic and political paradigms, the effects of globalization are revealed in fast changing cultural values and social mores, thus posing a serious cultural crisis. It seems as if the very foundations of contemporary society are being threatened. The status and working relationship of both basic components of family vis-à-vis society, i.e. man and woman has been confused. The family as the core unit and most sensitive institution of human culture is being undermined by powerful destructive forces. Globalization is threatening the traditional family and is introducing an alternate life style in which a young man and young woman may live together without the legitimacy of marriage bond for the period they feel comfortable. They may or may not have children with no responsibilities on the “natural” parents. More alarming is the recognition and acceptance which is being extended to homosexual families and laws have been promulgated to protect these immoralities. In the wake of these problems we should ask ourselves: what is going to be the future of humanity and how can we move towards peace and development?

Keywords: globalization, peace, Islam, universal values, equality of human beings, status and role of women, gender equality, family and human development

Suggested Citation

Omar, Shagufta, Human Happiness, Peace and Development: An Alternate Approach (September 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Shagufta Omar (Contact Author)

International Islamic University - Dawah Academy ( email )

PO Box 1243
Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory 46000

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