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The Republic of Rumi

The writings of Khurram Ali Shafique

Iqbal - an Illustrated Biography

2006, reprinted 2007. Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore.

Believing in the elemental unity of matter and spirit, he pointed out that all humanity was one:

  • anything that divides the human race is evil and must be stopped
  • the ideal to be achieved is a world free from poverty and tyranny
  • he believed that it was possible, and offered spiritual solution to achieve this end
  • his observations seem strikingly contemporary today...

This is the facinating story of the life and times of the man who defied the cynicism of his age and upheld his belief in the future of the humankind, their glory and their possible immortality...


  • Preface
  • Prologue: Voices
  1. The Young Poet-Philosopher, 1877-1905
  2. The Dark Night of the Soul, 1905-13
  3. Illumination, 1914-22
  4. Unsuspected Harmonies, 1923-30
  5. What Lies Beyond, 1931-38
  • Epliogue: Legacy
  • Chronology


Dr. Javid Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), fondly remembered by his people as Allama Iqbal, was arguably the most brilliant mind to express himself out of the modern East. In his intellectual career, spreading over the first thirty-eight years of the twentieth century, he produced some of the best poetry in Urdu and Persian, presented a unique worldview that combined the matter and the spirit in an inseparable unity and provided opinon on political matters of far-reaching importance.

The message and insights provided by Iqbal are as relevant today as they were at that time. In many ways he is indispensable for a world that is striving to arrive at spiritual solutions to the human and environmental problems. This book is a commendable effort to bring together the various aspects of Iqbal in an interesting manner with visual embellishment. It is a one-volume encyclopedia of his life, work and times.

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Iqbal is not only the last flowering of the wisdom tradition coming down through the Persian and Arabic literature, but in him we also find the converge of such diverse intellectual currents as the Vedantic wisdom through Sanskrit and the 'mind of Europe' through English and German.

The present book is an encyclopedic biography that covers all these aspects of the mind of Iqbal, without removing him from his various contexts: his time, his beautiful expression, and his unconditional faith in a common future for humanity.


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