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Anarkali

April 19th, 2017|

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 having an affair with the heir apparent, Prince Salim, who was in the thirtieth year of his life and father to at least three sons from numerous wives. Salim’s […]

Naturalism and twentieth century literature

March 6th, 2017|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in April 2001. It was based on the postulate of Ayn Rand that the only fundamental alternative is non-existence or existence. Since then, I have become more mindful of the criticism Iqbal had offered on such a proposition (even before Rand had expressed it) in his […]

Tamerlane

February 9th, 2017|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 9-15, 2000. I stand corrected about my statement: ‘There is a less reliable tradition that in Damascus, Taimur held discourse with the famous historian and sociologist Ibn-e-Khaldun.’ In fact, it is the report of the meeting between Taimur and the poet Hafiz that has been questioned […]

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 […]

Babur

December 26th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 23-29, 2000

“Listen to the flute. How it tells its story and complains of separation. It says, I have been crying ever since I was chopped off the reed…”

Thus opened the Mathnavi of Rumi, the favourite reading of Babur’s father Umar Sheikh besides the Holy Quran. Umar […]

Students at Punjab University review the biography of Waheed Murad

November 23rd, 2016|

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 comparison of this book with other biographies of actors, from […]