• 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 have been crying ever since I was chopped off the reed…”

    Thus opened the Mathnavi of Rumi, the favourite reading […]

  • Two implications of the Delhi Resolution of 1946

    Two implications of the Delhi Resolution of 1946

    Recently, I have been trying to show that the resolution adopted unanimously by the elected legislators of the All-India Muslim League on April 9, 1946, in Delhi, was the foundational document for Pakistan (and perhaps also the true basis of the political reality of South […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 was in exile and the little infant was in the custody of its uncle. A merciless uncle he was, […]

  • Immortal beloved

    Immortal beloved

    This article was published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, June 17, 2012.

    Layla and Majnun, Shireen and Farhad … these are the lovers of legend, whose romances have been told and retold for centuries. But how many know of the Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi who […]


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  • Detail from painting by Tabassum Khalid

An introduction to the worldview of Iqbal

‘Indeed the first practical step that Islam took towards the realization of a final combination of humanity was to call upon peoples possessing practically the same ethical ideal to come forward and combine. The Quran declares, […]

  • Pakistan's flag

Two implications of the Delhi Resolution of 1946

Recently, I have been trying to show that the resolution adopted unanimously by the elected legislators of the All-India Muslim League on April 9, 1946, in Delhi, was the foundational document for Pakistan (and perhaps […]

  • Iqbal by Saeed Akhtar

The philosophy of Iqbal in eight points

The philosophy of Iqbal can be summarized in eight simple points.
Here they are.

Today I would like to question the widespread impression that the philosophy of Iqbal is rather complicated. My lifelong research has led me […]

  • 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 […]

  • Featured image

Immortal beloved

This article was published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, June 17, 2012.

Layla and Majnun, Shireen and Farhad … these are the lovers of legend, whose […]

  • Dr Waheed Qureshi

Profile: Dr Waheed Qureshi

The article was published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, February 27-March 4, 1996.

The scholar gypsy

Dr Qureshi evaded my request for his resume in a light vein. “There […]

  • Illustration by Tabassum Khalid

The soul of all human beings

This article was published in Dawn on March 21, 2010 as ‘The spirit of all human beings’. It was later pointed out by M. Suheyl Umar […]

  • Detail from illustration by Tabassum Khalid

Marghdeen: complete description from Javid Nama

Here is a prose translation of Chapter 4, Javid Nama (1932), the epic poem of Iqbal in Persian. The chapter presented here comprises the complete description of Marghdeen, the ideal world of Iqbal. As I would like to explain elsewhere, it is possible to read this chapter as an allegory about a great positive change that has been taking shape in our times but which we probably fail to perceive due to our unrealistic pessimism.

I have based my translation on the original Persian text but I happily acknowledge my debt to A. J. Arberry, whose translation served as a convenient […]

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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 […]