Khurram Ali Shafique
Khurram Ali Shafique

Author, educationist, playwright

Khurram Ali Shafique received Presidential Iqbal Award for his book, Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography. He is the author of some forty published books and more than two hundred articles (mostly for leading newspapers in Pakistan including Dawn and Express Tribune), and has contributed papers to research journals. His writings cover mostly media studies, women studies, history and Iqbal Studies.

He is also the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, which he offers internationally from Marghdeen, the online Iqbal Studies Centre, founded by him in 2011. He was a research consultant with Iqbal Academy Pakistan from 2003 to 2015. He has delivered talks at international forums including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick in UK, and various conferences or seminars in Iran, Mauritius, Hong Kong and India.

He started his career as an educationist, receiving training as a trainer from Jordanhill College of Education, Strathclyde University, Glasgow (UK) in 1990. As an educationist he worked for several institutions in Pakistan in the areas of teacher-training and curriculum design, including Teachers’ Resource Centre, Aga Khan Education Service – Pakistan, Hamdard Institute of Management Sciences, Beaconhouse Schools System and Nasra School Network, among others.

He has also written screenplays for television, mostly aired from private channels including Indus TV, Geo, ARY and Aaj. One of his best-known screenplays is Iqbal: an Approach to Pakistan, a biopic of Iqbal produced by Iqbal Academy Pakistan. Serials written by him included adaptations of Persian classics from Nezami Ganjavi and Ferdowsi to the present-day settings. Layla Majnun, Shirin Khusro, Iskandarnameh and Rustam-o-Sohrab are among the classics adapted by him.

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Iqbal: His Life and Our Times (2014) by Khurram Ali Shafique was published jointly by Libredux UK, the Cultural Institute of Economic Cooperation Organization (Tehran) and Iqbal Academy Pakistan.

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