Thursday, February 6, 2014

3-Day Seminar/Short Courses on Islamic Art & Culture: Feb - May 2014

Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts

The Ibn Muqla Centre of Arts
The Ahmed Mimar Centre of Architecture

3-Day Seminar/Short Courses
FEB-MAY 2014

Hastoneest Seminar/Short Courses are intensive learning courses of three days where leading scholars and members of the Hastoneest teaching faculty give participants an introductory understanding into topics related to tradition and modernity.

One Seminar/Short Course is held per month.

Seminar 01
Islamic Civilization & Cultures
Dr. Amjad Waheed
Assistant Prof, Department of Islamic Thought and Civilization, University of Management & Technology, Lahore
February 2014, Wed 19th – Fri 21st

"Three day seminar on Islamic Civilization and Cultures is designed to cover the various aspects of a single question: Does there exist an Islamic Civilization? The problem may be formulated as that of 'the relation between Islamic Civilization and the local cultures of the areas to which Islam travelled'.This seminar will commence with a consideration to the methodology for the study of Islamic Civilization then we will explore the unity and variety of major cultural expressions of Islam within a  traditional framework.'

Dr Amjad Waheed is Assistant Professor in Department of Islamic Thought and Civilization at University of Management & Technology Lahore. He is editor of the Journal of Islamic Thought and Civilization and reviewer of the Journal of European Studies. He is also a member of the National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) of
HEC for Islamic Studies. He worked for the promotion of the discipline of Islamic Studies in private sector Universities of Pakistan and designed and taught Ph.D and M.phil courses including Islamic Civilization and Cultures, Comparative Study of Civilizations, Islamic Thought and Civilization and Western Thought and Civilization.

Seminar 02
Subtleties of Traditional Calligraphy
Irfan Qureshi
Calligrapher, Designer &  Director of Calligraphy & Illumination Hast-o-Neest

Ustad Shaukat Ali Minhas Zarin Qalam
Calligrapher, Teacher of Calligraphy at Hast-o-Neest
March 2014, Wed 19th – Fri 21st

Irfan Ahmed Qureshi started calligraphy in 1985 under the supervision of renowned calligraphist Syed Anwar Hussain Nafees Raqm, and later learnt from Wajid Mehmood Yaqut Raqm. He has dedicate himself for the renaissance of classical calligraphy since 1990, when he established an organization named "Aiwan-e-Ilm-o-Fun". In 2008 Irfan A. Qureshi curated the Calligraphy Exhibition 'NASTALIQ' at NCA Lahore in connection with the International Conference on Islamic Art & Architecture. He is also associated with CCRS (Centre for Conservation and Restoration Studies) at the National College of Arts as a tutor of illumination.

Ustad Shaukat Ali Minhas Zarin Qalam is the student of  Syed Nafees Raqam, and a Member: Anjuman-e-Khush Naveesan-e-Tehran, Iran (Since 1978).

Seminar 03
Unraveling the Mystery of Proportion in Mughal Architecture
Taimoor Khan Mumtaz
MA PRASADA, Leicester, UK, BArch, National College of Arts, Lahore
April 2014, Wed 16th – Fri 18th

It can be argued that for our cultural context the message and philosophy of traditional art is still culturally relevant and appropriate as a valid artistic expression..It is above all the message of traditional art, whose harmony and beauty aims at reflecting something of the ‘timeless’, which is relevant and meaningful not only in our cultural context but at all times and in all places.’

The present seminar aims to investigate architectural design methods used in Mughal Architecture. The primary aim is to provide an introduction to the methods and principles used to determine the architectural form in Mughal Architecture.

The theoretical background for Mughal design methods shall also be studied.

Taimoor Khan Mumtaz is a practicing architect specializing in Islamic Architecture. He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences on Islamic Art, Sacred Geometry and Tradition and Modernity. He teaches architecture at Imperial College of Business Studies, Lahore and conducts workshops on Islamic Architecture at various educational institutions.

Seminar 04
The World of Miniature
Fyza Aamir
BFA in Miniature Painting, National College of Arts, Lahore
May 2014, Wed 21st – Fri 23rd

The world of Miniature Art is essentially form. Any art cannot be called ' traditional ' or 'Islamic ' on the grounds that it's subjects originate in a spiritual truth ; it's formal language must bear witness to a similiar origin.

Every traditional art is founded on a science of forms, on the symbolism inherent in the forms. A symbol is not merely a conventional sign. As Titus Burkckhardt clearly defines it , a symbol manifests an archetype by virtue of a definite ontological law. It is this 'formal language ' within the world of miniature painting which we will explore in this course.

Fyza Aamir teaches Miniatures at Hastoneest. 

Reading material will be provided. Certificates will be issued for each course.
Venue: Hast-o-Neest Institute of Traditional Studies & Arts, 31-G, Gulberg II, Lahore.
Timing: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (with tea break)

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Queries:  0300-847 1855, 0300-849 3170


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  2. I hope that is going to be a very useful seminar foe the Muslims to get the right guideline

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