Iqbal: Poet Philospher


Iqbal Poet Philospher


Akbar Ahmed : Has a Word for You



The Journey Through Islam, the Crisis of Globalization' by Prof. Akbar S Ahmed the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies of American University published by Brookings Institute of Washington D.C needs to be read both by scholars and political leaders. The book spreading over 323 pages divided into six chapters is a "product of journey through the Muslim World with a team of assistants dedicated to the complexities of Islam" for a period of six months. The author along with his assistant, Hadia...


Between Secularism , pluralism and Secularism

The presentation would briefly discuss: That our public life needs whatever wisdom we can find, whether religious or secular; That the Scriptures and the Wisdom Traditions of man are a rich source of such wisdom; That our religious and secular world needs frameworks, patterns, settlements and institutions within which this and other wisdoms (both religious and secular) can be put forward, learned, taught, explained, discussed, disputed, deliberated about and have practical effects in public l...


Iqbal, Lahore Press and Kashmir Struggle


The story of Kashmir oscillates between ecstasy and agony; joviality and desperation; happiness and disappointment; hope and despair. It has had its eras of triumphs. It has its periods of defeats. It has had both the avuncular and despotic rulers. It has had naiks and khalnaiks. Many a merciless marauders have invaded this land in the past and set a blaze the salubrious and sylvan vales and dales.
There might have been golden periods in the history of this land but predominately the people of this beautiful place have been bawling and wailing. They have passed from one phase of deprivation to another, one period of slavery to another period of slavery. The end of Moughal rule ushered in a whole train of miseries for the people of Kashmir. After Moughals it was Afghans that ruthlessly trampled down the people of the state. The Afghan governors proved to be 'ferocious bigots, tyrants an...


Iqbal's Concept of poetry

The most essential feature of Iqbal’s poetry lies in his mastery in expanding the language made available to him by the variety of poetries in Persian and Urdu and also in his ability to maintain an interactive contact with the variety of poetries produced in other languages, especially English and German. His creative communion with the poetries of the past and present and conscious effort not to write in isolation made him, on the one hand, adhere to the classical rigours of Persian and Urd...


Allama Iqbal's Concept of 'Knowledge and Humanism'

By Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Gania



The poet of the East laid down the foundation of a great concept. Among the modem Muslim thinkers, Allama Iqbal holds a unique distinction. He saw and studied life with all its philosophy and message. In fact Allama had a very broad intellectual canvass, which stored a rich knowledge of world,  intellectual traditions.  He reflects on life in its universal context. As a fruit of his global perspective, he is not only one of the thinkers of Muslim culture, but also he, is one of the...


In search of Iqbal

Between fulsome praise and meaningless nit-picking, where lies the real Iqbal


For those who like to quote profusely from Iqbal’s poetry to explain Iqbal’s message, this one may be a disappointment. We don’t have a deluge of couplets to offer, but a simple point to drive home. Well, that much may safely be done without making too many references to the source.
That Iqbal is a great mind must be a conclusion based on a profound study and not a mere slogan heard and passed on. The first one needs a serious approach towards, the second one a mere emotion which, needless to mention, may be all love, no knowledge. Iqbal as a phenomenon appeals to heart the same way as Iqbalian thought stimulates mind. What we as students require is a beautiful combination of both. Heart to feel the majesty of a man called Iqbal and mind to fathom the depth of his poetr...

Iqbal: An Appraisal

I begin with a personal note. Iqbal has been my passion, my weakness and my love.  Even though one could criticize certain of his formulations/ readings/conceptions one can’t ignore his seminal contributions in diverse fields. There are certain people who attempt to argue that Iqbal isn’t relevant today, that he was merely a poet and his philosophical thought is dated or inherently problematic. Iqbal has even been charged with being an ideologue of Muslim fundamentalism. But the question...


The Development of a Symbol : A Study of Iqbal’s Poem, Aftab

      Since the word symbol occurs in the title of this presentation, I would like to preface it with an extremely brief account, in general terms, about the use of symbols in poetry. Of course this is one of the weightiest ever subjects and can, by no means, be dismissed in a brief prefatory note. These remarks are, therefore, added only to introduce the present discourse.


    Broadly speaking symbols may be divided into three categories:
  • The Collective or Cultural symbols: The collective symbols have a universal character in that they have acquired a more-or-less common signification amongst the generality of human beings: Two examples of such symbols are the sunrise and the sunset which are considered to be symbolical of birth and death among almost all human groups and cultures. A cultural symbol, on the other hand, is peculiar to a certain culture. The cross, for instance, is peculiar to Christianity,