Professor Otterbeck’s research seeks to explore how Muslims relate to religion with the help of popular culture, thus garnering valuable insights into topics such as young Muslims' faith, heritage, cultural identities, etc.
Professor Bowen Savant: Using machine learning on ancient texts
Professor Sarah Bowen Savant, of AKU’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, is using advanced algorithms to uncover large-scale patterns in ancient texts. She leads the KITAB—Knowledge, Information Technology and the Arabic Book—project, which has been created by an international team of experts in IT, history and the Arabic language.
Nausheen Barkat: Spreading the sweetness of Hunza honey
Nausheen Barkat has a mission in life: to take organic products from her hometown in Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to the world. Her dream began while she was still a student at the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Hunza. Now as an alumna she has already taken an important first step.
Zeina Naseer: "Conservation is a very rewarding field"
“It is really important for future generations to have a cultural awareness of their past. I don’t think the past or the present can be understood unless you contextualise it with respect to the past, especially if your past is so beautiful. The Mughal heritage we have is the pinnacle of our artistic and intellectual development. To bring that back, to remember that and to have a tangible physical embodiment of that past is really important for people to remember. It is a loud reminder of what we have lost.”
Emaan Shaikh: Restoring the frescoes of the Picture Wall in Lahore
“This wall teaches us about how things were once, that India and Pakistan were together, how the religions once existed and now there are so many divisions around religion. Knowing this adds to your knowledge and helps you to grow as a person. If a temple and mosque could live side by side then why can’t we in this day and age live side by side?”