Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

MADINAT AL-HIKMAH: City of Education, Science and Culture

Academic journal article Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

MADINAT AL-HIKMAH: City of Education, Science and Culture

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Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998), a scion of the renowned South Asian Hamdard family, decided in 1948 to make the newly created Pakistan his home. He settled down in Karachi and by untiring, single minded devotion and commitment, braving all handicaps, created Hamdard Pakistan. He developed it into the leading pharmaceutical complex of Eastern Medicine in the country, run on the latest modern lines and techniques, supplying drugs of high quality and purity, backed with free clinical consultations to help ailing humanity. Hamdard Pakistan, under his leadership, also emerged as the leading philanthropic organization, and also tried to motivate people through dialogue, conferences, and journals like the Hamdard Islamicus, the Hamdard Medicus and the Journal of Pakistan Historical Society (Historicus). In addition, he provided help to various institutions and academic bodies.

He was restless to do more, and during one of his Hajj pilgrimages, he envisioned the creation of a comprehensive City of Education, Science and Culture: the Madinat al-Hikmah. Work on it was initiated and funded by the Hamdard Foundation Pakistan in 1981, in the picturesque surroundings of Bund Murad Khan, 35 kilometers away from the city centre. …

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