• 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 […]


I am Khurram Ali Shafique. My research has shown me that a common current of enlightened thought exists in many cultures, but is often overlooked in academic writings. I have shared some of my findings in my published works and online courses. I want to explain them systematically through this website. Thanks for being here.

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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). […]

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“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 […]

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Humayun

This article was pubished in Dawn, The Review, September 6-12, 2000

‘What’s your sun sign?’ The answer to this question could decide one’s appointment to the civil […]

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Shahjahan: the rigid ruler

This article was originally published in Dawn, The Review, September 2000.

If ever there was a man who lived by the dictates of mind completely ignoring the […]

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Muhammad Shah “Rangeela”

This article was originally published in Dawn, The Review, October 2000

In 1719 two powerful nobles entered the Red Fort of Delhi and made their way to […]

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A woman’s Islam?

This article was originally published in The News International, Midweek Magazine, 1993

To rediscover the real image of Islam is the mission taken up by such modern […]

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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 […]

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Jinnah quotes on ‘One-India Fallacy’

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah believed that India had never been a single country, and the myth of its unity was a means of British domination and British rule  (but it must be remembered that his criticism of British Imperialism was not a condemntation of the British nation itself: see, for instance, his toast to King George VI on 13 August 1947, the evening before the transfer of power).

The following are a few of his statements where he explains his position that the myth of a One-India is the first of the two pillars of imperialism.

Interview quoted, with approval, in Beverley […]

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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 […]