Minister: Why we need to write more

DAR ES SALAAM MINISTER for Constitution and Legal Affairs Dr Pindi Chana has encouraged the general public to write books since it is the best way of transforming knowledge in the society.

Launching ‘The Fatimids’ books by Dr Shainool Jiwa in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the Minister praised the writer and called upon women to borrow the leaf from the don.

“We must write as much as we can. Remember, our Father of the nation [Mwalimu Julius Nyerere] used to write.

Recently we launched Dr Salim Ahmed Salim Digital Archive. Many people in this room have history,” Ambassador Pindi Chana said as she insisted: “It is a high time to write books focusing on different issues.”

Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Ambassador Pindi Chana (Right) poses for a souvenir photo with Dr Shainool Jiwa immediately launching the latter’s ‘The Fatimids’ books in Dar es Salaam

Dr Pindi praised the role that Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Tanzania into the country’s education sector for over 100 years.

Briefing on the “The Fatimids” book at the well-attended event by academicians, religious leaders, students and government officials, the author Dr Shainool Jiwa said the dossier is all about the Fatimid dynasty, which ruled for over 250 years.

The dynasty, according to her, emerged as one of the most prosperous and influential dynasties in the history of the Islamic world. She said the dominion extended from the Atlantic shores of North Africa across the southern Mediterranean and both sides of the Red Sea, establishing a dynamic and enduring cultural and intellectual centre.

Speaking on the relevance of the books, the writer said it reminds the society how to live better in the contemporary world.

On his part, AKDN President Representative Amin Kurji said education has always been important commitment of the Ismaili Imamate.

He said the Famid Caliphate founded the Al AZHAR University over 1,000 years ago.

“The discovery of knowledge was seen as those founders as an embodiment of vibrant humanity, rich in pluralism and yet constituting diverse community,” he said.

For over 100 years, AKDN has worked to increase the quality of life and availability of learning opportunities for students of all ages.

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