• Ghosts from the past

    Ghosts from the past

    The more I study the primary sources of the Pakistan movement, the more I feel that the history of the British period has seldom been written from the perspective of All-India Muslim League (which I dare call the Muslim point of view). Of course, there […]

  • Was Jinnah the sole spokesman?

    Was Jinnah the sole spokesman?

    Jinnah never claimed to be the sole spokesperson of his nation. His lifelong stance was that the sole representative of the Muslim nation was All-India Muslim League (and later its off-shoot in the new state). In April 1946, he also took the pledge of loyalty […]

  • The knighthood of Iqbal: contemporary perspectives

    The knighthood of Iqbal: contemporary perspectives

    One of the objections raised against Iqbal by his detractors even today is that he accepted knighthood from the British government in 1923. While researching for Iqbal: Daur-i-Urooj, I was surprised to see that almost everything that can be said for or against the subject […]

  • A strange mistake of Stanley Wolpert

    A strange mistake of Stanley Wolpert

    While writing Iqbal: Daur-i-Urooj, I have come across many new facts about our history, and been able to correct some errors of the earlier writers. One of the strangest mistakes I came across happens to be in Jinnah of Pakistan, the 1984 book by the […]

  • “2017” – revisiting my five-year-old book about the present year

    “2017” – revisiting my five-year-old book about the present year

    In my book 2017: The Battle for Marghdeen, published five years ago, I wrote that a major turning point would occur in the history of Pakistan in 2017. I wish to thank those friends and readers who have been recalling it in the light of […]


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Ghosts from the past

The more I study the primary sources of the Pakistan movement, the more I feel that the history of the British period has seldom been written from the perspective of All-India Muslim League (which I […]

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Was Jinnah the sole spokesman?

Jinnah never claimed to be the sole spokesperson of his nation. His lifelong stance was that the sole representative of the Muslim nation was All-India Muslim League (and later its off-shoot in the new state). […]

  • marghdeen

“2017” – revisiting my five-year-old book about the present year

In my book 2017: The Battle for Marghdeen, published five years ago, I wrote that a major turning point would occur in the history of Pakistan in 2017. I wish to thank those friends and […]

  • Anarkali

Anarkali

This article was published in Dawn, Images, May 1, 2005.

According to one contemporary account, Anarkali was in her forties or older when she was suspected of […]

  • Ayn Rand

Naturalism and twentieth century literature

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in April 2001. It was based on the postulate of Ayn Rand that the only fundamental alternative […]

  • Tamerlane

Tamerlane

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 9-15, 2000. I stand corrected about my statement: ‘There is a less reliable tradition that in Damascus, […]

  • Emperor Babur

Babur

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 23-29, 2000

“Listen to the flute. How it tells its story and complains of separation. It says, I […]

  • Akbar the Great

Akbar the Great

This article was pubished in Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2000.

He was raised like an orphan. Not that his parents were dead, but his father […]

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The knighthood of Iqbal: contemporary perspectives

One of the objections raised against Iqbal by his detractors even today is that he accepted knighthood from the British government in 1923. While researching for Iqbal: Daur-i-Urooj, I was surprised to see that almost everything that can be said for or against the subject had already been said within weeks of the knighthood. I have been able to collect some seventeen such opinions from contemporary sources, including Hindus as well as Muslims on both sides, and they can be found in my book.

Those who criticized Iqbal for accepting knighthood did not usually explain why they thought he should not […]

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  • Students at Punjab University review the biography of Waheed Murad

    Students at Punjab University review the biography of Waheed Murad

    The students of communication studies in the Punjab University have reviewed Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times (2015) as part of an assignment given by the senior professor Dr. Bushra Rehman. With thanks, excerpts from some of those reviews are being shared here.

    Muhammad Tayyab

    A […]

  • Iftikhar Arif and M. Suheyl Umar on ‘Iqbal: His Life and Our Times’

    Iftikhar Arif and M. Suheyl Umar on ‘Iqbal: His Life and Our Times’

    ‘Iqbal: His Life and Our Times fulfils the need for a simple and reliable introduction to the life and work of this unmatched genius, highlighting the practical relevance of his ideas for those who wish to consider them for implementation.’

    This write-up from the renowned poet […]

  • The people’s actor

    The people’s actor

    Review by Maheen A. Rashdi published in Dawn, Books & Authors, September 25, 2016.

    “Shafique’s narrative is addictive, and while you may pick up Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times out of curiosity … the story that unfolds surpasses expectations. Whilst revealing diverse aspects of […]