• At the altar of sacrifice

    At the altar of sacrifice

    This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 23-39, 2000

    Khanzadeh Begum is one of the forgotten women of history. She played an important role in the careers of Babur and Humayun, and was a pillar of the Mughal dynasty in its formative phase. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • The philosophy of Iqbal in eight points

    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 to think that it can be summrized in eight simple […]

  • Marghdeen: complete description from Javid Nama

    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 […]


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  • 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 […]

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A. J. P. Taylor: someone we should know

Going through the book English History 1914-1945 by A. J. P. Taylor a few years ago, I was happily surprised to see that according to him, the years immediately following the First World War were […]

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A parallel between the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada

On the morning of September 6, 1965, the people of Pakistan (including the present-day Bangladesh) learnt that their country was under attack because the Indian forces had crossed the international boundary near Lahore. For the […]

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At the altar of sacrifice

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 23-39, 2000

Khanzadeh Begum is one of the forgotten women of history. She played an important role in […]

  • Emperor Jahangir

Unveiling Jahangir

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, in August 2000.

Prince Salim, the would-be emperor Jahangir, is being taken to the gallows for rebelling against his […]

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Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2001. Much could be said on the side of Gandhi, which I could not cover […]

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Books I will never forget

This article was published in Dawn, Young World, sometime in 2001 (sorry, I cannot specify the date because I do not have the hard copy right […]

Women as prophets in Islam

This article was originally published in the magazine You, Volume 3, No.22 of 1993, a supplement of The News International.

A few months back an interesting opinion […]

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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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  • 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 […]