November 4, 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Asia Society Washington, The Cinnabar Room, Whittemore House, 2nd Flr. 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20036 Washington, DC
Asia Society members: $20. nonmembers: $25. RSVPs are required by 12:00 noon on November 3.
Opening remarks by H.E. Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan
A Reception with Samina Quraeshi
Award-winning Author and Artist, Sacred Spaces
Shrines and mosques in Pakistan have been frequently targeted by Islamic militant groups, whose interpretations of Islam leaves no room for Sufi mystical practices that are common in this Muslim nation.
Join us in an evening reception with renowned author Samina Quraeshi and Ambassador H.E. Husan Haqqani to explore these critical issues.
Samina Quraeshi, an educator, designer, artist, urban advocate and the award-winning author of Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus, will examine the role of sacred spaces in mystical Sufi traditions and how they act as profound expressions of both faith and culture.
Having explored contemporary engagement with the sacred spaces of Sufi rites in South Asia, especially the Indus Valley region, Quraeshi will offer an unique account on the diversity of Islam as it is practiced, experienced and lived, while bringing a message of internal plurality as a counter to monolithic stereotypes.
Quraeshi is currently an Associate and Visiting Artist at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Formerly Henry R. Luce Professor at the University of Miami and Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts, she was awarded the Tamgha e Imtiaz for distinguished service for the arts from the Government of Pakistan.
Quraeshi has exhibited her artwork internationally and is the author of Legacy of the Indus: A Discovery of Pakistan, Lahore: The City Within, and Legends of the Indus.
The discussion will be followed by South Asian music performance with Brian Q. Silver and Steve Bloom.
Brian Q. Silver began his sitar studies in India in 1964 with the late Ustad Ghulamhusain Khan, and has since appeared in concert and media throughout South Asia, the US, China, the Middle East, Europe, and Central and South America. He has taught at Harvard (1974-1983), and is currently Ethnomusicologist and World Music Curator at the Voice of America, as well as Executive Director of International Music Associates, which he founded in 1982.
Steve Bloom, a professional drummer, has studied Middle Eastern, Arabic, and Persian drumming traditions as a prime apprentice of three Sufi master drummers'Dr. Ali Analoui, Naser Khorasani (both from Iran), and Adnan Sarhan. Bloom now co-directs the SAMA Ensemble with Analoui and Khorasani.
Refreshments will be served.
This event is part of Asia Society's Creative Voices of Islam in Asia series.
This event is co-hosted with The Woman's National Democratic Club.