KARACHI: An archaeologist and a museulogist by profession, Dr Asma Ibrahim, Director of the Museum and Art Gallery Department, State Bank of Pakistan, will deliver a talk on ‘Illicit Trade in Antiquities: The Tale of the Persian Mummy’ on May 9, 2017 at the Aga Khan University’s Special Lecture Series.
Her interest in the subject of human evolution led her on a long, adventurous, and sometimes arduous journey. After acquiring a master’s degree in History (Archaeology), Ibrahim joined the Department of Archaeology & Museums as Assistant Curator and in 1990 was appointed Assistant Director, a post she remained in for 16 years.
Alongside her work, she continued with her studies and acquired a PhD in Numismatics, writing her thesis on the Indo-Greek coins in Sindh and Balochistan. She then a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Fulbright Scholar in Ancient Human Remains at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
In 2000, Dr Ibrahim became the custodian of the infamous mummy, discovered in Balochistan, that had made headlines in the international media. A documentary followed, The Mystery of the Persian Mummy, in which she, as the curator, and the mummy, were the central characters.
As part of its commitment to broad based education, Aga Khan University organises and hosts its Special Lecture Series throughout the academic year. These lectures are now a city cultural event in their own right.