Persian literature

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Immortal beloved

June 17th, 2012|

The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, June 17, 2012

Layla and Majnun, Shireen and Farhad … these are the lovers of legend, whose romances have been told and retold for centuries. But how many know of the Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi who re-imagined these timeless tales? And how many know that he modelled his legendary heroines after […]

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 […]

The onscreen love of Shirin and Farhad

November 20th, 2005|

Dawn Images, November 20, 2005

The story of Shirin has been treated in film and drama in India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. The best known to us are, of course, the Indian version from the 1950s which had songs by Talat Mehmood and, more notably, the Pakistani version from the 1970s starring Mohammad Ali and Zeba, […]

The rise and fall of cult heroes

October 24th, 1995|

This article was originally published in Dawn, Tuesday Review, October 24-30, 1995. It was the first in a series that was introduced with the headline, “Celebrating the 100 years of cinema, Tuesday Review starts a five-part series beginning with this article on the cinematic heroes of the subcontinent.” Other articles in the series were ‘The […]