Talk:Gul Agha (computer scientist)
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Agha was born-bred and acquired his early schooling in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.
- He seems to reflect often on current events in the Middle East, the broader implications of Islamic philosophy at large, and specifically the Sufi tradition and Sindh poetry which may be neutral or neither Hindu nor Muslim. Dr. Agha writes, "The great poets of Sindh have laid great emphasis on this; they refused to call themselves Muslims or Hindus."
Major ideas in Sufi metaphysics have surrounded the concept of waḥdah (وحدة) meaning "unity", or in Arabic توحيد tawhid. Two main Sufi philosophies prevail on this topic. waḥdat al-wujūd literally means the "Unity of Existence" or "Unity of Being". On the other hand, waḥdat ash-shuhūd, meaning "Apparentism" or "Unity of Witness", holds that God and his creation are entirely separate.
Dr. Agha cites this.
The surname Agha seems to be a Sufi surname.
Dr. Gul Agha is listed as a 'charter member' (and probably a 'founding member') of SANA, Sindhi Association of North America:
The meeting approved the interim Executive Council for the full-term of two years beginning January 1, 1985. The body also appointed Agha Gul to investigate the process of securing a tax-exempt status and formed various committees – Membership Committee (Irshad Kazi, Zahoor Siddiqui, and Roshan Shaikh), Social and Cultural Committee (Latif Lighari, Karim Memon, and Razzak Memon), Publication Committee (Altaf Memon, Roshan Shaikh, and Razzak Memon), and Fund Raising Committee (Ali Nawaz Memon, Latif Lighari, and Inayat Kathio). A resolution in support of the formation of SANA by the Boston Area Sindhi Association was read at the meeting. The SANA members greatly appreciated this gesture and passed a “thank you” resolution.
After dinner, a “Sindhi Sham” was celebrated at the residence of Ali Nawaz Memon. A report in “SANGAT” (a quarterly newsletter of SANA) describes the Sindhi Sham as “It was an evening of Sindhi, songs, dances and great katchahry. The sham was started with a slide show showing historical and cultural sites in Sindh. The show was put together by Dr. Gul Agha. The scholarly narrative of Dr. Gul Agha was thought provoking and very much appreciated by the audience. Dr. Naranjan Dudani and Miss Lata Chainanni stole the show with their rendering of ‘Nangra Nimani da Jewewen teewen Palna’, “ho Jamalo’, and many other songs.”
He has presented and recognized as authoritative in the Sindhi community in America.