Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

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The common worldview of Islam and the modern West

January 22nd, 2017|

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 between the two cultures for the last three hundred years.

Three hundred years ago, Europe was witnessing the great intellectual revolution that was later […]

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 […]

The emergence of a ‘new human being’

March 3rd, 2016|

Seminar, 3 March 2016

Some widespread beliefs of our times are being questioned here, such as the notion that we are living in an age of spiritual decline.

In this paper it is argued that it was no coincidence that between 1887 and 1946, the Indian Muslim community collectively adopted three successive goals and achieved each of […]

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 “Apologists”

March 1st, 2008|

Iqbal Review, Volume 52, Number 2, 4. April, October 2011, pp.55-72

The following is the third chapter of a small book submitted to Iqbal Academy Pakistan in March 2008 as a draft requiring further improvement. Without my knowledge and permission, this chapter ended up as a research paper in the Academy’s journal Iqbal Review, and both […]

Jinnah and Gandhi: a politically incorrect appraisal

September 6th, 2001|

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 […]