Interactive Workshops, April 2009

Iqbal Academy Pakistan is offering a series of weekly workshops about concepts related to the works of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal. Participation has been kept free this month too, 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

Venue: Teachers’ Development Center, 129-G, P.E.C.H. Society, Block 2, Karachi. Phone: (021)4392949

Timings (for all workshops): 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Contact for further information: Dr. Hena Javid

Pakistan: past, present, future – Saturday, April 4

This is an introduction to the history of Pakistan through concepts derived from the writings of Iqbal. The workshop takes you through the story of Pakistan through activities and discussions in order to explore how the founding fathers foresaw the destiny of Pakistan and what opportunities can be found through our shared experience.

Consensus literature – Saturday, April 11

Art and literature is usually categorized as “high” and “popular”. This workshop introduces a third option: “consensus literature”. How is it different from our common perception of literature, what can we learn about ourselves through it and how far does it go in showing us new options for our future? These are some of the issues which are being addressed here.

Collective ego in popular media – Saturday, April 18

“Achieve a real collective ego,” said Iqbal in the Presidential Address after outlining his concept of Pakistan. In what ways has our collective ego unfolded itself through popular media? The answers might surprise you.

The Valley of Wonderment – Saturday, April 25

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. Can a better understanding of the sixth valley help us discover new perspectives about our present situation and find innovative solutions? Find out in this advanced workshop especially designed for those who have attended any of the first three.

5 Comments so far

  1. fasee on April 6th, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    guess no one is intrested in iqbal anymore eh.

    " ab yahan koi nahee koi naheen ayee ga "

  2. balma on April 7th, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    I think it is an announcement and not an invitation to comment:-)

    btw, last time i commented on Iqbal bhai sahib, I got censored by our Munib bhai….

    Iqbal was a creative poet. who cared about his people, and I like some of his stuff that I read, but in a typical PK fashion they made him larger than life in PK.

    BTW, India’s unofficial taranah is also written by Iqbal bhai. Pakistan may yeh keh kar to dekho…..monh toRe dai’n gay balma kaa.

  3. fasee on April 7th, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    @ balma.

    sir with a risk of being censored myself…..i totally agree with you that iqbal is now one of our " gao matta" ala sacred cows…although fasee highly disagree with his macho male chavunistic ideals…..he always loved pathans or afghanis…..wish i cud bring him back for a hour or so to let him see what his ideal world shud have been if afghani tradtions were to be followed by paksitanis.

  4. balma on April 7th, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

    Are you kidding fasee? The only verses I have read from Iqbal on Afghans and Panjabis are very critical of them!

  5. fasee on April 7th, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

    Sir iqbal sari umer hum ko khudari…aur phatechar hunay pe bhi akarfoon rehnay ka daras detay rahay…yeh ideal role model afghan aur pathan hi hosaktay hain….jo jeeb me dhela nai per akar khatam nai hoti….

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