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Immortal beloved

June 17th, 2012|

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 re-imagined these timeless tales? And how many know that he modelled his legendary heroines after […]

The cinema of politics

January 16th, 2011|

Dawn Images, Sunday, January 16, 2011

How did the New Year arrive thirty years ago? It was 1981. The interest-free banking got introduced that day. The new Islamic century had also started a few weeks earlier, and the media was abuzz with relevant content. Since the state-controlled PTV was the only available television channel, the nation […]

Multiple intelligences according to Iqbal

December 16th, 2010|

Iqbal Review, Volume 52, Number 2, 4. April, October 2011, pp.123-130

The following paper was submitted in December 2010 but has come out only recently in 2018 in a backdated issue of the journal. The  ‘Abstract’ that appears in the journal was not written by me and I am not including it here – 25 July […]

A portrait of the artist as Waheed Murad

December 1st, 2010|

This article was originally published in the magazine, Nukta Art, December 2010. Since then, it has been shared on The Free Library by Farflex, where it is also referenced to the articles on Ibn Tufail and Fred Astair. It is also linked on the Waheed Murad website at Weebly. It can be downloaded as an […]

Samandar, a parable?

November 28th, 2010|

Dawn, Images, November 28, 2010.

On January 6, 1968, the government of President Ayub Khan announced that a conspiracy had been uncovered between some personnel from East Pakistan and Indian politicians to overthrow the government in East Pakistan and establish an independent state of Bangladesh. Twelve days later, the popular Bengali politician Sheikh Mujibur Rehman was […]

The soul of all human beings

March 21st, 2010|

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 that ‘soul’ rather than ‘spirit’ is a more appropriate translation of the original phrase used by Sir Syed. The word ‘spirit’ has therefore been replaced with ‘soul’ in the […]