“Annemarie Schimmel & Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi: A Conversation Across Cultures” An Exhibition of Letters, Documents, and Photographs

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"Annemarie Schimmel & Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi: A Conversation Across Cultures" An Exhibition of Letters, Documents, and Photographs

The Lahore Arts Foundation Trust (LAFT), Archives Conservation Laboratories (ACL), and Endowment Fund Trust for Preservation of the Heritage of Sindh in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts are proud to present an exhibition showcasing a remarkable collection of letters, documents, and photographs between two eminent scholars, Annemarie Schimmel and Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi. This event took place at Gallery No. II, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), from May 15th to May 22nd 2024.

The exhibition was inAAnnemarie Schimmel”Annemarie Schimmel & Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi: A Conversation Across Cultures” An Exhibition of Letters, nnemarie Schimmelaugurated by Chief Guest Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi and Guest of Honour Mr. Mehmet Turan, Educational Counselor of Turkey. Other notable attendees included Mr M. Ayoub Jamali, Director General of PNCA, Ms Paras Mahmood from ACL & Ms Sabah Hussain from LAFT.

The exhibit featured conserved material from the archives of Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi, offering a unique glimpse into the intellectual journey and correspondence between Schimmel and Rashdi. These documents were not only historically significant but also highlighted the profound intercultural dialogue between the renowned German scholar of Islamic and Sufi literature, Annemarie Schimmel, and the esteemed Pakistani historian, Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi.

Annemarie Schimmel is celebrated globally for her exceptional contributions to Islamic and Sufi studies. Her works have bridged cultural divides, fostering greater understanding and appreciation of Islamic literature and mysticism in both the Muslim world and the West.

Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi expressed her admiration for the exhibition, stating, “This collection is a testament to the rich cultural heritage and the profound intellectual exchange between Annemarie Schimmel and Pir Hussamuddin Rashdi. It is heartening to see their correspondence preserved and showcased, offering us valuable insights into their scholarly journey and the intercultural dialogue that has shaped our understanding of Islamic literature and Sufi thought.”

This exhibition was generously sponsored by the Endowment Fund Trust Karachi and Guard Rice Limited Lahore. Serena Hotel also supported the opening event.

Students from various colleges and universities were invited to visit the exhibition, with arrangements made to facilitate their visits, ensuring an enriching educational experience.

The exhibition will continue till 22nd May 2024. Daily timings are 10 am to 4 pm. Saturdays the galleries are closed.

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