Tag: Sufism

Islam Versus Islam In Pakistan

The old shrine and its rustic environs looked the same when I last visited it in 2007. Pallid walls topped with a fading green dome and a tattered flag, a few trees around it laden more with ribbons than leaves.  The ribbons were actually rags, reminders of wishes made.  Few women from the nearby villages were…

A Gentler Side of Religion: Interview with Ori Soltes

That said, focusing on the Israelis and Palestinians, as an optimist I would hope that eventually there will arise a set of leaders who recognize the common humanity shared by both these communities. In today’s world of increasing religious intolerance and even violence, Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, a scholar of Jewish and religious studies, is…

ENGAGE WITH PAKISTAN AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY THIS SUMMER

ENGAGE WITH PAKISTAN AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY THIS SUMMER This is the only ‘live’ U.S.-based video con course linking students with Pakistani leaders and change-makers Harvard Summer School registration opens in mid-January Sign up for an email reminder at www.summer.harvard.edu Traditional and non-traditional students are welcome SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN South Asian Studies SAST S-140 June 25…

The Legend of Loh-i-Dandi

Coordinates: 33°46’6″N   73°7’17″E (The mouth of the cave where Bari Imam spent 12 years in meditation) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.…

Iqbal: His many faces

He subscribed to the Western form of democracy and endorsed voting rights of individuals while opposing women’s emancipation. Validating the Soviet wave of Marxism and supporting the 1917 Russian revolution he profoundly believed that religion and politics are inseparable. Despite his reputation as a poet-philosopher committed to the vision of Islamic renaissance, Allama Iqbal’s ideological…

Summer Course on Pakistan at Harvard University

Social Development in Pakistan SAST S-140 Harvard University Summer School–June 27 to August 12 A Unique Bilocational Course Connecting Students with Indigenous Leaders in Pakistan Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 to 11:30 am in the USA 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Pakistan Prominent on nearly everyone’s radar screen, Pakistan can easily be characterized as a land…

UNT Peace Symposium a Success!

    Peace through mystic and Sufi links between different world religions was celebrated at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, in a Peace Symposium inaugurated by the Gaddi Nashin of the Holy Shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty in Ajmer, India, Janab Syed Sarwar Chrishty last Friday.  Inaugurating the Symposium he said Sufi…

Pathanay Khan: A Tribute

Disclaimer: The article is based purely on the personal views of the author as it is difficult rather impossible to fully grasp and convey the essence of the multi-dimensional spiritual experience. Therefore, references are given wherever possible to substantiate the comments.Uggs Black Friday Give me wine to drink and tell me it is wine. Do…

UNT Peace Symposium

March 25, 2011 – 3-7 PM Peace Symposium will feature a known scholar on peace and Sufi music Dr. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University will speak on “Mysticism and Peace: Weaving a Common Thread Across World Religions,” as part of the UNT Peace Symposium on March 25 (Friday). The symposium will focus on finding commonalities…