January 22, 2014

The ideologue of early Pakistan

Sir Muhammad Iqbal is little known in the West but he is of enormous importance to many Muslims. Allama Iqbal – as he is reverently called – was a man of many facets. He was a poet, a philosopher, a scholar of Islamic civilization, a reformer as well as a statesman. So although he’s the driving ideological forces behind the Pakistani independence movement, he also became regarded as the Shair-e-Mashriq ("Poet of the East") in the Urdu speaking
world.

Iqbal had an enormous influence in the Islamic thinking of this region and his ideas ultimately led to the creation of the country named Pakistan. His intellectual legacy therefore continues even today in the many domains he wrote about. It should not wonder then that many scholars and academics continue to do extensive research on his elaborate writings and thoughts.

Click here for a conversation with Tahir Hameed Tanoli about the life and message of this important political poet.

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