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The common worldview of Islam and the modern West

January 22nd, 2017|

‘O people of the Book! Come let us join together on the ‘word’ (Unity of God), that is common to us all.’ .
With so much talk about seeking greater harmony between Islam and the West in our times, perhaps we need to think again about a very strong bridge that has already been existing […]

Two implications of the Delhi Resolution of 1946

December 20th, 2016|

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 Asia as it exists today).

There are two questions I get […]

The philosophy of Iqbal in eight points

September 22nd, 2016|

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 points, seen in the slide here.

Of course, he has presented […]

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

September 6th, 2016|

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 happy times. This is contrary to the general belief today.

“To judge from all leading writers, the barbarians were breaking in,” […]

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

September 5th, 2016|

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 next seventeen days, the media kept informing the nation that heavy losses were being inflicted on the enemy. When the […]

Iqbal, Mary Parker Follett and C. R. Das

September 2nd, 2016|

In sync with the current of Iqbal’s thought was also the idea of ‘new democracy’, highlighted by such political thinkers as the American pioneer of management sciences, Mary Parker Follett and the great Bengali visionary Chittaranjan Das (C. R. Das).

Follett denounced Western democracy as ‘old democracy’, which sustained itself through a dichotomy between the government […]