“GLOBALIZING LOKLORIC WISDOM” An International Conference on Flok Literature in Pakistani Languages
Islamabad, Rector International Islamic University Islamabad Dr. Masoom Yaseenzai has said that if we present our folk literature and culture in the world using modern resources then we as a strong nation would be persuaded. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding session of a two-day international conference on “The Challenge of Globalization and Our Folklore”. Dr. Masoom Yaseenzai said that it is our good fortune that Pakistan has thousands of years of history, folk literature, and culture despite its existence 75 years ago. Of course, Pakistan has created in 1947 but the realm of civilization. The Rector of Islamic University further said that the international media portrays Pakistan as a terrorist country but the reality is quite the opposite. Our country is the custodian of peaceful traditions. Are attached On the occasion, he expressed his determination that the Islamic University would continue to play its role in preserving and promoting the traditions of the region. Dr. Yousuf Kushk, Head of the Academy of Literature Pakistan said that we are proud of Pakistan’s cultural heritage and should remain so because we are not inferior in folk literature and culture. A National Museum of Pakistani Languages will be set up in Islamabad soon.
He lauded the efforts of the Islamic University for the revival and promotion of folk literature and culture. Dr. Hassan Al-Amin, Head of Iqbal Institute, said that it is a highly recognized fact that nations that forget their folk literature and culture also lose their geographical position. The Islamic University has organized this world conference because of this fact. On the last day of the two-day conference on “Treasure of Folk Literature and Culture in Globalization” organized by Iqbal International Institute for Dialogue of International Islamic University and the Department of English Literature of the University in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission. In various meetings, eminent intellectuals and literary and cultural experts spoke on various topics. On the second day of the conference, Simon J. Bruner, a distinguished professor of social sciences at the American University of Wisconsin, spoke in detail about the dangers posed to folklore and culture in the digital age. He said in his online address that the cultural heritage of the world is facing the challenges of the digital age, in which only folk literature and culture will be able to survive if they understand the requirements of the modern age. The posts will be vacant. He also appreciated the services of Dawood Khan Dawood for language and literature and termed his efforts as a source of pride. Various researchers have discussed the history of storytelling, its evolution, and its far-reaching effects. The meeting was also addressed by guest intellectuals Garmeet Kaur and Warda Shahzadi from Canada. Several parallel meetings were also held on the second day, out of which Dr. Humaira Ashfaq presided over the meeting on “Folk Culture and Presentation”. In the meeting, experts discussed the history and tradition of theater in storytelling and Seraiki literature. The researchers include Maria Kulsoom, Rabab Batool, Kanzi Iftikhar, Amna Meraj, Waqar Mustafa Sehra, Asif Mehsud Rana, and Shumaila Taj. Dr. Aziz Ibn Al-Hassan presided over the meeting on “Sufism and Folk Literature”. In the meeting, Punjabi language Sufi stories, translations of the poetry of Balha Shah and Madholal Hussain, romantic poetry of Khawaja Ghulam Farid in Sufism, revival of Sufism and folk literature tradition in the context of globalization, romance in the poetry of Sachal Sarmast. Mohammad Saleh Habib and Fakhra Noorin spoke on the topics. In the meeting chaired by Dr. Arusa Kanwal, Shoaib Mansoor, Anam Rasheed, Fatima Syeda, and Saud Hanif discussed fake stories in folk literature in Pakistan, elements of folk culture in Abid Hussain Abid’s poetry, resistance in gender poetry, Rajendra Singh Bedi. Shed light on Lodge Venti in detail.
Haryanvi folk literature, the first theater drama song in the subcontinent, the ancient center of Sindhi folk literature, Gatha, presentation of space and housing in Pashto Charbita, connection and connection in fish and folk tales, unique genre and tradition of Pashto poetry The meeting was chaired by Dr. Manzoor Ali Vaithrio and addressed the meeting. In the meeting chaired by Dr. Hafiz Abid Masood, “Tradition of Resistance in Folk Literature” was discussed. In this regard, Danish Ahmed, Rao Naeem Alam, Anam Feroze, Mohammad Naeem-ur-Rehman, Gulzar Jalal, and Mohammad Bilal Sethi spoke on resistance in Pashto literature, Punjabi, condemnation of foreign invaders in folk literature, and other topics. Prof. Dr. Naseeb A. Simab discussed the issues of personality reflection in Pashto proverbs, a reflection of Pakhtun woman’s emotions, the change of seasons in local languages, the importance of Shajra Sharifa in the Naqshbandi series, and proverbs used on Punjabi woman. Among the speakers were Syed Abdul Basit, Tauqeer Hussain Shah, Huma Butt, Mujeeb Ahmed, Muhammad Ilyas Bhatti, and Azhar Khan. Other personalities who addressed the concluding session included Dr. Najiba Arif, Head of the Linguistics Department of Islamic University, Dr. Shiraz Dasti, and others. Finally, commemorative shields were distributed among the conference researchers and intellectuals.