Visions Unveiled – Worldview of Allama Iqbal

Visions Unveiled: Worldview of Allama Iqbal (2018) is a coffeetable book and the first printed work to present the worldview of Iqbal as has been outlined by Shafique in the light of his extensive research.

Published by Markings Publishing. Design and layout is by Markings Corporate, and photography by Amna Zuberi. ISBN: 978-969-712-005-5

Proceeds go to The Citizens Foundation, supporting quality education for the less privileged in Pakistan.

The contents of the present book are based on the lifelong research of Khurram Ali Shafique, a renowned scholar on Iqbal in our times. It is being claimed here that the ideas of Iqbal centered around a specific worldview, which had been articulated by him quite clearly as consisting of five basic propositions about the nature of human being and the trends of modern times. Those five propositions make the five chapters of this book, offering an exposure to the worldview of Iqbal through selections from his prose and poetry, with some necessary commentary.

Iqbal Salahuddin, ‘Foreword’


Chapter 1: Unsuspected harmonies

  • The worldview of Iqbal derives its historical context from the presumption that Islam and the modern West share a common positive view of human being, and a belief in the possibility of achieving an ideal society.

Chapter 2: The freedom to choose

  • Will, feeling and intellect are the three dimensions in which an ego, self or soul interacts with its environment. Since Iqbal defines ego, self or soul as directive energy, he considers human will, rather than feeling or intellect, to be the repository of the ‘essential nature’ of human being.

Chapter 3: Natural goodness

  • The belief that human being is by nature good can be described as the second component in Iqbal’s conception of human being (the first component being the primacy of human will, covered in the previous chapter).

Chapter 4: Fear

  • Iqbal believes that all the principal forms of vice can be traced back to fear.

Chapter 5: Marghdeen

  • Iqbal believes that it is possible to achieve an ideal society in this world – a society free from fear and want. In fact, all other points of his worldview seem to be converging naturally and logically on this point.

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