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Iftikhar Arif and M. Suheyl Umar on ‘Iqbal: His Life and Our Times’

May 1st, 2014|

‘Iqbal: His Life and Our Times fulfils the need for a simple and reliable introduction to the life and work of this unmatched genius, highlighting the practical relevance of his ideas for those who wish to consider them for implementation.’

This write-up from the renowned poet and scholar Iftikhar Arif and M. Suheyl Umar, former director […]

The soul of all human beings

March 21st, 2010|

This article was published in Dawn on March 21, 2010 as ‘The spirit of all human beings’. It was later pointed out by M. Suheyl Umar that ‘soul’ rather than ‘spirit’ is a more appropriate translation of the original phrase used by Sir Syed. The word ‘spirit’ has therefore been replaced with ‘soul’ in the […]

The mystery behind Waheed Murad

November 23rd, 2008|

Dawn Images, Sunday, 23 November 2008

I have been researching the life and works of Waheed Murad for more than 20 years now and the mystery around him deepens with every new clue that I come across.

He is the greatest screen legend of Pakistani cinema and therefore we forget that he was also a writer, director […]

Muhammad Shah “Rangeela”

October 12th, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in October 2000

In 1719 two powerful nobles entered the Red Fort of Delhi and made their way to the presence of King Farrukh Siyar without permission. They accused the king of plotting against them, and he found himself without the power to remind them that he was the king. A few […]

Humayun

September 7th, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, September 7-13, 2000

‘What’s your sun sign?’ The answer to this question could decide one’s appointment to the civil services in the days of Humayun, if one is to believe the story that he organized his entire administration on astrological elements. According to this account, for instance, the officers belonging to water signs […]

History, she wrote

May 15th, 1997|

Dawn, The Review, May 15-21, 1997

History is a record of events. But there is a trap. The events recorded in history have been recorded by men, since most of the historians were males, with a few rare exceptions such as Gulbadan Begum, the author of Humayun Nameh.

History has been written primarily for men, since more […]