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Book Launch Talk

Talha Jalal, Johns Hopkins University

Gulru Necipoglu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Director of the Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture at Harvard University

The Harvard Pakistan Students Group (HPSG) cordially invites you to a talk by Talha Jalal based on his book Memoris of the Badshahi Mosque published by Oxford University Press. Talha Jalal will speak about his research on the book conducted in Pakistan which culminated in this narrative – an ‘unconventional attempt,’ as the author tells us – that brings together historical, political and artistic aspects of the mosque. There will be a presentation by the speaker followed by a question/answer session moderated by Prof. Necipoglu.

About the speaker: Talha Jalal graduated from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, with a Masters in history and international relations. Prior to that, he was a research assistant to the eminent historian Prof. Nomanul Haq at Lahore University of Management Studies (LUMS), Pakistan. He also authored a multi-volume concordance of the Persian text of the Masnavi of Rumi which is forthcoming. He has also been a freelance journalist in Lahore and has published in The Friday Times, Daily Times, and Eclectica magazine. He is currently a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Institute, Washington, DC.

Sponsored by the Harvard Pakistan Students Group and the The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.