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Event: 'Talk By Luqman Ali'

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Date: Sunday, February 18, 2007 At 06:00 PM
Contact Info:
Cost: Admission Free. Everyone Welcome. Contact: temca@hotmail.com, or Saleem on 07814859599.

Title: 'The Feminine Principle in Islam.'
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh.
Time: 6pm.
Event Description: And He it is who in heaven is God and in earth is God, and He is The Wise, The All-Knowing (Qur’an 43:84).
The fundamental principle of Islam is that of divine oneness (tawhid). While this oneness is essentially the attribute of God, it permeates the universe and is reflected therein as countless complementary and interdependent pairings that reveal the love-dynamics of union and the mysteries of The One. The feminine and the masculine represent the archetypal polar principles upon which all worldly pairings are based and through which the many dual principles within God’s attributes are made manifest.

In this talk Luqman Ali will explore the relationship between masculine and feminine principles through Qur’anic symbolism and metaphor and in so doing illustrate how knowledge of Divine Oneness represents the sole resolution to age old problems of gender comparison and discrimination and more specifically issues around women in Muslim societies.

Luqman initially trained in the sciences of Islam and the languages (Arabic, Persian and Urdu) and cultures of the Middle East and the Indian Sub-continent and spent a decade working as a linguist, writer and translator for various publishing houses in both the USA and the UK. Having spent most of his life exposed to the culture and arts of the Muslim world, he has a deep understanding of its ethos and literature.

In 1997, Luqman co-founded Khayaal, the first professional theatre company of its kind offering audiences a fascinating experience of classic Muslim world culture through contemporary art forms. He adapted, co-directed and produced Khayaal's award-winning debut production, Conference of the Birds, in 1998 which was described by Time Out as 'a pleasure' and 'a refreshing burst of visual creativity.' He has since pioneered the theatrical interpretation of the tales of Jalaluddin Rumi and Fariduddin Attar. He continues to serve as Khayaal's chief conceptualist, artistic director and advocate.

Although African American, Luqman has been based in the UK since 1986 and through his work as a community worker, teacher and lecturer has become intimately aware and involved in the affairs of the British Muslim community. He belongs to a multi-faith and culturally diverse family. See: www.myspace.com/temca
Cost: Admission Free. Everyone Welcome.
Contact: temca@hotmail.com, or Saleem on 07814859599.

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