Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday 16th September at Purana Kahna Campus

Theoretical and experiential sessions exploring the link between:
Spirituality, Art & Culture

‘Islamic culture displays an undeniable unity which is the result of the spirit and form of the Islamic revelation and ultimately of Divine Unity itself. In the same way that the whole created order is the theophanic reflection of the One in the mirror of multiplicity, so are the various ‘faces’ of Islamic culture so many human echoes of the one Message which is itself beyond the human and which alone bestows upon the activity of a human collectivity the purposes and values which make it worthy of being called a culture in conformity with the noble destiny of man.’
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

10 am to 5:00 pm 
(with tea and lunch recess)

Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts
(Purana Kahna Campus)
Allahu Chowk, Suparco Road, near Stop # Five,
(Take right U-Turn after ‘Purana Kahna’ blue sign-board in Urdu),
  Ferozepur-Kasur Road, Lahore

Register Online (Click here) 
Cell: 0300 849 3170
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Registration Fee: Rs.1000/- ; Student Fee Rs.500/-
Note: Transportation can be provided from Hast-o-Neest Gulberg to Hast-o-Neest Purana Kahna and back at a nominal rate.


                                                     'Allama Iqbal and the Transformation of Religiosity to Spirituality' - Presenter: Dr. Shahzad Qaiser

Dr. Shahzad Qaiser received his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of the Punjab and Ph.D. from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan.  He has four collections of Light Essays (Inshaiya) in Urdu.  An accomplished poet of the Punjabi language, he has excelled in the traditional literary genre of Kafi, publishing five volumes of Kafis. He has written numerous books including Quest for the Eternal, Of Intellect and Reason, Metaphysics and Tradition, The Metaphysics of Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Iqbal and Khawaja Ghulam Farid on Experiencing God, the Message of Khawaja Ghulam Farid (rendering Diwan-i-Farid into English prose) and The Metaphysical and Cultural Perspectives of Khawaja Ghulam Farid’s Poetry and Iqbal. Dr. Qaiser is the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance (Literature) and Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Literature). He has retired as a Federal Secretary and is currently Vice President Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore and Member Punjab Public Service Commission.

                                                        'Modernity, Tradition & Art' - Presenter: Taimoor Khan Mumtaz

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz is a practicing architect in Lahore, specializing in Islamic Architecture.  He holds an MA in South Asian Design & Architecture from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (1999). He studied Architecture at National College of Arts, Lahore (1994).
He is a Founding Member of Hast-o-Neest– Centre for Traditional Art & Culture, established in November 2010 in Lahore and Founding Trustee of Baytunur, a trust dedicated to Islamic thought, life & culture established in 2006.

                                                          'Introduction to Sufism & the Chishtiyya Tariqa of the Sub-continent' - Presenter: Sahibzada Asim Maharvi
Sahibzada Asim Maharavi, born in a Chishti Sufi family, educated in the West, a researcher, writer and columnist, is the Chairman of Chishtiya Ribbat Sufi Studies Center in Pakistan. He has delivered lectures on spirituality, comparative religion, spiritual healing and history of civilizations.  As chairman of Sufi Studies Center - - he has examined, translated and published classical Sufi literature.

'The Way of Dumplings: A Spiritual Commentary On Kung Fu Panda (the movie)' - Presenter: Dr. Qaiser Shahzad
Dr. Qaiser Shahzad is Lecturer/Research Associate, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad. His Doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of Johannes Scotus Eriugena (c. 815 – c. 877 AD) and Ibn ‘Arabī (1165 – 1240 AD) - the former a well known Irish theologian, Neoplatonist philosopher and poet while the latter the very famous Andalusian Sufi mystic and philosopher.

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