RAWALPINDI - A three days annual Book Fair 2012 was organised by Fatime Jinnah Women University (FJWU) at the varsity premises on Tuesday.

The book fair was inaugurated by FJWU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir in presence of other faculty members and students. The VC, while addressing the inaugural ceremony, said that such fairs have great significance as in the age of information technology, book reading habit was fast diminishing day by day.

She said that such fairs should be organised on regular basis at every institution. She said that purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity to faculty members and students to buy books of their interest under one roof, besides promoting book reading habit. In the book fair, sixteen stalls were set up. The book fair covered a large variety of books including all major disciplines and received overwhelming response from the staff and students. Other heads of the department and university officials also visited the book fair and purchased books on discounted rates.

Meanwhile, Dr Saeeda Shah, visiting faculty from University of Leicester presented a lecture on Muslim Feminism. The lecture was organised by the Gender Studies Department.

While addressing the audience, Dr Saeeda discussed the concepts of Muslim and Western feminism. She also shared different definitions of feminism with the students. She was of the view that the concept of feminism was actually the requirement of the west because over there women have no rights. She said, “Problem with our society is that we do not follow the teachings of Islam. If we follow the teachings of the Holy Quran all of our problems will be solved automatically. Islamic feminism does not accept any thing that is contradictory with the teaching of the Holy Quran.”