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The shortest history of the Pakistan Movement

October 29th, 2015|

“How would you describe the ‘vital principles’ of Pakistan?” The British journalist and mystery writer Beverley Nichols asked the Quaid-i-Azam during his famous interview in 1943. “In five words,” the Quaid replied. “The Muslims are a nation.” I like it that the Quaid counted the words. This gives a finality to the statement and I am […]

Iqbal in the mind of Europe

March 1st, 2008|

Iqbal Review, Volume 51, Number 2, 4. April, October 2010, pp.29-59

The following is part of a document submitted to Iqbal Academy Pakistan in March 2008 for publication as a small book, Iqbal in the Mind of Europe – an overview of the Western interpretations of Iqbal. It was supposed to undergo some further improvement but […]

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: the pioneer of humanism

August 2nd, 2001|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2001

Never was a greater intellectual born among the Muslims of India than Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He was in a league of his own. There was no one like him before, and there came no one like him after. Sadly, the only thing a proud Pakistani student remembers about […]