Ali as History, Ali as Metaphor – A Lecture by Dr. Nomanul Haq

Keyed to the month of Muharram, this lecture by Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq at The Second Floor (T2F) undertakes a purely literary discourse. It traces a poetic journey – the journey of the monumental figure of Hazrat Ali from the domain of history to the domain of metaphor and symbolism. The speaker considers this process as embodying the elevation of a real, as opposed to mythological, personage from the realm bounded by space and time to that which is transcendental. In this discourse, doctrinal and theological issues will remain incidental. Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq will particularly discuss Ghalib and Iqbal in detail.

About the Speaker

Dr. Syed Nomanul HaqDr. Syed Nomanul Haq is a historian, noted especially for his contributions to the fields of Islamic history, Islamic philosophy, and literature in Muslim societies. General Editor of OUP’s Studies in Islamic Philosophy series, he has been a senior faculty member of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and has now joined IBA Karachi as Professor and Advisor to steer its Social Sciences and Liberal Arts initiative.

Having previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution, he continues to hold a formal faculty status there. He has been trained at University College London, as well as Harvard where he also won a postdoctoral fellowship before taking up a professorial appointment at Brown University. A former Scholar-in-Residence at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS), he shared the prestigious Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association for his writings in The New Cambridge History of Islam. Dr Nomanul Haq has published very widely and his works have been carried by some of the world’s top research journals and prestigious publishers.

Date: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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