“Reaching the end of the spiritual path – which is none other than the state in which man was originally created – means, amongst other things, to reassume the tremendous responsibilities from which mankind in general has fallen away.”
The story of the oldest University in the world. This project will feature a series of talks and seminars in Pakistan, Morocco and Spain on Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the Qarawiyyin University in Fez, Morocco which is the oldest degree-awarding university in the world. The aim is to review modern misconceptions about the darkness and rigidity of the medieval ages and re-visit the active role Muslim women played in medieval society.
Spiritual Solutions to Political Problems – How a 13th century eulogy can help us today” – This is a book project on the Qasidat al-Burdah – the praise poem written in honour of the Prophet Muhammad which, after the Muslim Holy Book, is the most memorised and read text in the Islamic world. The book is expected to be completed by January 2017 following which a series of seminars and lectures will be conducted for the study and practical implementation of the Qasidat al-Burdah.
Weaving the Inter-Faith Dialogue: Universal Language of Dress
The is a venture highlighting the textile histories of Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan – all seamlessly woven into “An inter-faith initiative: The Language of Dress.” Inter-faith elements are seen in Iranian textile designer, Simin Ghodstinat’s work, who sources antique and contemporary textiles from Pakistan and India, creates bespoke designs with Central and South Asian patterns and symbolisms which are then expertly sewn by Persian master seamsters and seamstresses in Tehran.
The project will include a lecture and exhibition titled ‘Weaving the Inter-Faith Dialogue: The Language of Traditional Textiles of South and Central Asia.’The lecture will explore how skill and spiritual world-views were woven into fabrics from the Sub-continent and Persia in the 13th and 14th centuries which were then transported by sea and sold in the East (Java, Sumatra) and West (Sicily, Naples, Vienna). The exhibition will show-case Ghodstinat’s work fusing tradition and modernity – traditional weaves and patterns representing centuries old cultures transformed into modern ensembles.