AKU-UoA celebrate music, sound and architecture

AKU-UoA celebrate music, sound and architecture in the Muslim World

September 15, 2013
The University of Alberta, together with the Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, hosted a celebration of music, sound and architecture in the Muslim World.

Starting from September 13, the three-day event titled I am a Bird from Heaven’s Garden: Music, Sound and Architecture in the Muslim World, featured presentations by distinguished scholars from around the world, garden designers and builders, and also performances and workshops with outstanding musicians.

The event is the latest embodiment of an ongoing partnership between Aga Khan University and the University of Alberta to increase global engagement and promote equitable human advancement and social justice throughout the world. It connected the world’s leading musicians, garden designers, architects, scholars and music lovers—culminating with an unrivalled auditory experience at the Devonian Botanic Garden.

The idea for an international conference began with a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research project that explores these same issues.

The conference name was taken from the words of the 14th-century Persian poet Hafiz, who described the garden as heavenly and earthly, home to beautiful music—we are all the bird that longs to return.


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