Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

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The common worldview of Islam and the modern West

January 22nd, 2017|

‘O people of the Book! Come let us join together on the ‘word’ (Unity of God), that is common to us all.’ .
With so much talk about seeking greater harmony between Islam and the West in our times, perhaps we need to think again about a very strong bridge that has already been existing […]

The soul of all human beings

October 15th, 2016|

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 […]

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: the pioneer of humanism

October 14th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in August 2001. Some spellings have been changed for consistency: Ahmad instead of Ahmed, and Ain-i-Akbari and Sarkashi-i-Zila instead of Ain-e-Akbari and Sarkashi-e-Zila respectively.

Never was a greater intellectual born among the Muslims of India than Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He was in a league of his […]

Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

September 10th, 2016|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2001. Much could be said on the side of Gandhi, which I could not cover in the limited space of a newspaper article, and hence the “political incorrectness” mentioned in the title.

I would also like to add that since then, I have developed a […]

Political Organization

August 6th, 2016|

Pakistan was created by a political organization but the organization was unlike any other. It was a new type, the technical term for which was ‘group organization’ (although the term was never used by Iqbal or the Quaid, but both were familiar with it). It was believed that the country could only be maintained through […]