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At the altar of sacrifice

October 1st, 2016|

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 early historians, including Babur himself, mention her, but the modern […]

Unveiling Jahangir

September 19th, 2016|

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 father, the emperor Akbar. He turns around to face a crowd that has gathered, not to see the bloodsport, but out of devotion to the noble prince. “Remember this […]

Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

September 10th, 2016|

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 in the limited space of a newspaper article, and hence the “political incorrectness” mentioned in the title.

I would also like to add that since then, I have developed a […]

Books I will never forget

September 7th, 2016|

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 now).

The ellipses (…) in the text do not mean omissions but rather they appear just like that in the original. An insertion that appears in square brackets is new […]

Women as prophets in Islam

September 3rd, 2016|

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 was published by the team of scholars who edit ‘Our dialogue’, the religious column in the Arab News . A reader had asked if any woman had been […]

Dara Shikoh: a daydream

August 30th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, March 15-21, 2001. Since then, I have reconsidered my opinion about how the personality of Emperor Jahangir may have influenced his two grandsons, Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb. I hope to offer my revised opinion in a separate post soon. I have not changed anything in the article […]