Thursday, May 7, 2009

Iqbal Sciences- 09/05/09

An Open session of Iqbal sciences consists upon ideas which have been discussed so far for people who have missed or lost some episodes of reflections.
Discussion on previous discourse and specific as well as general questions can be raised to surface.

The past sessions have covered following grounds;

Introduction to the history of Pakistan through concepts derived from the writings of Iqbal. The story of Pakistan in order to explore how the founding fathers foresaw the destiny of Pakistan and what opportunities can be found through our shared experience.

Art and literature is usually categorized as “high” and “popular”. This workshop introduced a third option: “consensus literature”. It different from our common perception of literature.

“Achieve a real collective ego,” said Iqbal in the Presidential Address after outlining his concept of Pakistan. Ways in which our collective ego unfolded itself through popular media.

The recent history of Pakistan seems candidly similar to “the Valley of Wonderment”, the sixth valley in the journey of the birds towards Simorgh in the classic tale by the thirteenth century Sufi poet Sheikh Fariduddin Attar. Better understanding of the sixth valley can help us discover new perspectives about our present situation and find innovative solutions.

Iqbal Academy Pakistan is offering a series of weekly workshops about the basic ideas of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and related subjects. Participation is free for the month of April, but due to limited space, please register yourself in advance and be there in time (seats will be given on a “first come first” basis).
Resource Person:Khurram Ali Shafique, author of The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality.
Contact for further information: Dr. Hena Jawaid

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