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Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience

Reema Abbasi (Author) Madiha Aijaz (Photography) Jawed Naqvi (Foroward)

Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience makes a case for keeping ancient emblems of faith alive and for pluralism in a land of irony that has been home to multiple ancient faiths yet stands besieged by unpalatable extremism. It also aspires to enshrine the ideal of liberty.

By framing an all-inclusive piety, this book sets out to ignite a discourse and the collective conscience of a nation numbed into silence, fear or the false conviction of the supremacy of a singular religion—to institutionalise the fundamental right of will.

Elaborately embellished with evocative photographs of antiquated and exquisite Hindu shrines, opulent rituals and festivals and regional populace, the chronicle has extensive research and exceptional pilgrimage sites—Hinglaj, Katas Raj, Kalka Cave Temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir and Shivala Mandir, to name a few.

While vivid introductions and sweeping images present the landscape and the social fabric of a territory, the redolence of celebrations spread passion and fervour. A special article introduces the extraordinary Fakira, last of the human hands behind idols in Pakistan.

Humanity is cast as the oldest of creeds and as the reason for faiths. Therefore, devotion cannot be reserved for a sole Call to Prayer.

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About the authors

Reema Abbasi

Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reporttage. A journalist for almost 19 years, she began with culture and lifestyle at The News. At Present, she is a columnist with the Daily Mail, Mail Today and an independent.

She attended Sherborne school for Girls in England and St. Joseph's Colleg in Karachi, Pakistan. Her other passions include music, reading, writing and research, cinema, travel, art, poety, and yoga.

Madiha Aijaz

Madiha Aijaz studied at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in Karachi. Pakistan and at Parsons in New York City. In 2007, she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for photography. She currently teaches Photography at IVS.

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Title Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.08.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789383098491
length 296p., Illustrations; Colour; 23cm.