‘Culture of nudity and nudity of culture’ launched

February 13,2009

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There is an urgent need to work for openness and acceptability towards each other and strive for ‘Oneness of one nation’ by rising above personal associations, faith, feelings, and petty differences to counter challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah today.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan said this on Thursday while speaking at the introduction ceremony of a book written by renowned Iranian scholar and intellectual Prof. Dr. Gholam Ali Haddad titled ‘Culture of nudity and nudity of culture’ organized by National Language Authority.

Dr Babar Awan chaired the session while Iranian Ambassador MashaAllah Shakiri was the guest of honour. Chairman NLA Iftikhar Arif, Professor Dr Fateh Mohammad Malik, Dean Faculty Islamic University, S M Saheb Fosool, Cultural Counsellor of Iran, and Fatima Jinnah Women University Vice Chancellor Saeeda Asadullah were among the key speakers.

Dr Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, Iran’s best-known scholar has authored the book ‘Culture of nudity and culture nudity’, which was published several times and in different languages. National Language Authority has published its second edition of Urdu version of the book launched here on Thursday, which is translated by Prof. Yunus Jafri. The book refers to women rights and concept of ‘Hijab’ for Muslim women in the light of Islamic teachings and traditions. A video message of the author was also screened on the occasion.

Dr Babar Awan said that Dr Haddad Adel has sketched the caricature of history of Islamic tradition followed through generations. He said that the book written on a controversial subject, both within the Islamic societies and the West, has multiple effects. The ambassador of Iran said that about 20 editions of the book have been published in Iran while it’s the second edition in Pakistan. He said that in his book, Haddad has highlighted the importance of cultural identity for Muslim Ummah.

Iftikhar Arif, Chairman NLA introduced the author and the book to the audience, while Professor Fateh Malik said that the book is much needed here in Pakistan’s present socio-cultural milieu.


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