Topline Secondary Social Studies Programme (2012) is a set of three books, respectively meant as textbooks for grades 6, 7 and 8 in Pakistan. Published by Topline Publishers, Karachi, it is a thoroughly revised edition of the author’s earlier series of the same title. The books are meant to be more than textbooks: they incorporate much of the author’s original research about history and social sciences in the light of Iqbal Studies, and serve as an accessible introduction to some of the ideas presented by him in a more advanced form in his works for the grown up audience.

  • History, Geography and Civics
  • Illustrations and textboxes
  • “Role models”: three special sections in each book
  • A must-read for everyone due to original research presented here
  • Thoroughly revised and re-written edition of the author’s earlier series of the same title
  • Published by Topline Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan


Khurram Ali Shafique
Khurram Ali ShafiquePresidential Iqbal Award
Khurram Ali Shafique is the author of several books on Iqbal, including “Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography”, for which he received Presidential Iqbal Award, and the recently published “Iqbal: His Life and Our Times”. He has vast experience as an educationist. He is the founder of Marghdeen Learning Centre and is the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, which he has been conducting since May 2011.


  1. Human Rights
  2. Our Languages
  3. An Introduction to South Asia
  4. Physical Features of South Asia
  5. Climate of South Asia
  6. Natural Resources of South Asia
  7. Ancient South Asia
  8. Muslim Rule in South Asia
  9. The British Raj
  10. South Asia Since 1947
  1. Civil Life in Pakistan
  2. Classics of Muslim Literature
  3. An Introduction to the Muslim World
  4. Physical Features of the Muslim World
  5. Climate of the Muslim World
  6. Natural Resources of the Muslim World
  7. The Advent of Islam
  8. The Age of the Abbasids
  9. The Age of Empires
  10. The Modern World
  1. The United Nations
  2. How to Becomes a Responsible Citizen
  3. The Universe
  4. An Introduction to Our World
  5. Physical Features of the World
  6. Climate of the World
  7. The Birth of the Modern World
  8. Pakistan Movement
  9. History of the Provinces of Pakistan
  10. Pakistan Since 1947

About the book

[The following is the author’s preface, “For You…” that appears in each book of the series].

This is the book I wanted to read when I was a student in secondary school. I wanted to know what happened in the past, and I wanted to know what was happening around me. I was always curious about far off place and wanted to visit them – at least in my thoughts. Above all, I liked to look at beautiful pictures.

In writing this series of textbooks, I have kept all this in mind. I have also kept in mind that English is a second language for our students, and many of them may not be very proficient in it at this stage. As a writer of Social Studies textbooks for English medium schools in Pakistan, I considered it my responsibility to write in an easy and interesting style. I have tried my best to avoid words and expressions that may be very difficult for the average student.

I hope this is a book for you – as much as it is for me. As a writer, I know that if I enjoy writing something, then my readers are also likely to enjoy reading it. I hope this book will not only inform you but also entertain you, whether you are a student struggling with your marks, or a teacher stuck with a subject you did not want to teach, or just a general reader brimming with curious about the world.

It may be a good idea for me to share with you some of the guiding principles behind this book:

  • We have tried to follow the syllabus prescribed by the government of Pakistan, but we have also attempted to enrich it. Whether you wish to opt for O’ Levels or matriculation after using this series, you’ll find yourself better prepared (and yes, there is no need to use the Class 9 Pakistan Studies textbooks in Class 8 if you are using this series; rest assured our books will prepare your children better for their next classes).
  • We have tried to make good use of pictures; they have been carefully selected for their content and appeal, and properly captioned (one interesting way to appraise a chapter can be to browse through all its pictures first – you’ll be amazed to find how much you have come to know without straining your nerves; try it!)
  • “Textboxes” are a special feature of these books: they break down the information into easily manageable chunks.
  • The activities at the end of each chapter are intelligent, although (we admit!) not very original; we have kept these activities as they are so familiar to most teachers; you can consult our Teacher’s Guide for a host of other interesting and interactive exercises based on co-operative learning.
  • We hope you’ll agree with us that the ideas for carrying out projects at the end of each chapter are imaginative, interesting, and above all, practical!
  • Last, but not least, we’ve paid special attention to the formatting and layout of the book – our aim was to produce something that urges you to read on and on, and on…

Good Luck.

Khurram Ali Shafique

How to purchase

The books are available from most good bookstores in Pakistan. For further information, email 

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Must Read

This set of books is not just for students. They incorporate much of the author’s original research about history and social sciences in the light of Iqbal Studies, and serve as an accessible introduction to some of the ideas presented by him in a more advanced form in his works for the grown up audience.