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Archaeology as a Window to the Past
27/12/2021

Pakistan has a deep and multicultural archaeological past. From the deserts of Sindh to the highest mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan, from the coastal regions of Balochistan to the irrigated fields of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there is a vast kaleidoscope of monumental past spread across civilizations. From religious signposts of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions in the ancient world to Islamic, Sikh, Christian religions in the medieval world, the...

The Interplay of Tradition and Culture: Uniqueness and Diversity of Pakistan
27/12/2021

Cultural diversity is the product of the human evolutionary journey over time, as the first homo sapiens migrated from Africa to populate all the continents. The unique features of human cultures are the consequences of thousands of years of adaptability and innovation in response to diverse geographical and climatic conditions. Never growing in isolation, the uniqueness of human cultures is an outcome of intense interactions between different...

How Museums Pass On Cultural Heritage
27/12/2021

Pakistan is rich in tangible and intangible cultural heritage. A vast array of Pakistani heritage is preserved and showcased in museums. International  Council of  Museums  (ICOM) has defined a museum as a non‐profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits, for the purpose of study,  education, and enjoyment,...

No to Dowry
27/12/2021

“The most blessed marriage (nikah) is the one with the least expenses.” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (al-Bayhaqi in his Shu’ab al-Iman & Mishkat al-Masabih) On average, 2000 women in Pakistan are killed every year in the name of dowry or jahez. It is a tragic reflection of gender-based violence practiced in South Asian communities. There have been many advocacy campaigns by individuals as well as NGOs in the past decade, demanding a...

Opportunities and Risks of Virtual Communication for Museums Community in Pakistan
27/12/2021

Not many people know that there is a thriving community of museum professionals in Pakistan, who work tirelessly to keep the museums rolling. Organized under a national committee, these museum professionals are also a part of the international community of Museologists, called International Council of Museums (ICOM). Through a network of coordinated activities, Pakistani museum experts interact with experts from around the world and learn from the...

The Promise of Tourism: Cultural Heritage of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
27/12/2021

There are thousands of heritage sites scattered all over Pakistan belonging to a multicultural and multi-religious past from different eras. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) like other provinces is extremely rich in cultural heritage. Home to around 2,000 heritage sites in addition to 30,000 relics of the Gandhara civilization, one can easily find sites, which are important as well as sacred for Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, Christians, and Zoroastrians. Despite...

25th ICOM KYOTO 2019 General Conference Japan
27/12/2021

The 25th general conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM) took place between 1st and 7th September in Kyoto, Japan, in which approximately 4200 museum professionals from 118 countries participated. It was my first time representing Pakistan at such a prestigious platform as a member of ICOM-Pakistan’s National Committee. This was an experience like no other as it was the first time a woman represented Pakistan at ICOM. It is...

Religious Tourism: Jandial Temple, Confluence of Zoroastrian and Greek Architectural Heritage in Taxila
10/03/2020

Zoroastrianism was the state religion of three Persian dynasties in pre-Islamic Iran. As one of the world’s oldest and living monotheistic religion, it helped to shape the world religions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. From the idea of a single god, heaven, hell, judgment day to rituals of praying five times a day, in additional to a host of philological traces, such as the word namaz to mean prayer has roots in the Avestan...

Indian Curfew Threatens Kashmiri Cultural Heritage
10/03/2020

Kashmir is home to one of world’s most vibrant heritage and culture, which Kashmiris have inculcated in their tourism, handicrafts and lifestyle allowing them to produce exquisite work of arts and crafts. Today, world-renowned Kashmiri woodwork, household articles, art and craft are subjected to Indian violence. Exports of Kashmiri handicrafts have come to a halt as the curfew crosses 170 days. The life of Kashmiris was already under siege but now...