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Dr. Muhammad Iqbal’s Role in the Grant of an Extraordinary Pension to the Widow of Sayed Nadir Hussain Shah: A case study of a victim of army recruitment drive in colonial Punjab during the First World War

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by: Dr. Tahir Mahmood and Dr. Muhammad Sultan Shah Abstract  This article brings into focus Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s contribution for the welfare of a family that was affected during the coercive recruitment system introduced during the First World War. In the light of revealing new sources it argues that although conscription was never introduced yet the level of coercion experienced by the...

Do Muslims and Christians believe in the same God?

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by: Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi Abstract Muslims and Christians do indeed believe in the same God. It can be substantiated with the help of two chief sources: the revealed data of the Qur’an, and the inspired data of the mystics of both Christianity and Islam. The Qur’an–and the Sunna or Conduct of the Prophet, which is an eloquent commentary thereon–provides us with irrefutable evidence that the...

Making the Inconspicuous, Manifest: Aesthetics of the Bedouins

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by: Mamoona Khan Abstract This research is aimed at exploring the aesthetics of a race that dwells in the region which is the cradle of Islam, habitants of which are generally labelled as uncouth and uncivilised. First half of this paper hence, strives to determine status of the race, probing the ethnicity of people that can rightly be entrusted the sobriquet, Bedouins. While the second half...

From Young to Old: a Comparative Study of Iqbal and T. S. Eliot

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by: Khurram Ali Shafique Abstract Eliot’s first professionally published poem appeared in Munroe’s magazine in June 1915. The title was ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’. It was the time when Iqbal was reading the final proofs of his first “professionally published” poem, ‘The Secrets of the Self’ (Asrar-i-Khudi), in Persian. His poem appeared soon afterwards in September. The two poems, each...

Sources of Tolerance and Intolerance in Islam

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by: Dr. Ibrahim Kalin Abstract Islam’s encounter with other religions is as old as Islam itself. The two sources of Islam, i.e., the Qur’an and Hadith, contain extensive discussions, narrations, and injunctions on the various religious traditions before Islam and especially Judaism and Christianity. The Muslim awareness of the multiplicity of faith traditions is evident not only in the Qur’an but...

Religious Tolerance:
Some Observations in the Context of Islam–West Encounter

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by: Muhammad Suheyl Umar Abstract If the ideal of freedom is based less on ideas of inalienable natural rights than on the notion that all truth is relative, then the mainstream Islamist thinking will need to unhitch itself more explicitly from the broadly Western paradigms which it accepted for most of the twentieth century. Yet the relation Islam/Enlightenment seems predicated on simplistic...

The Forgotten Treasure of Iqbal’s Reconstruction

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by: Dr. Muhammad Maruf Shah & Dr. Ibtasam Thakur Abstract Iqbal is the unique flowering of poetical, mystical and philosophical genius in recent Islamic history. What makes him truly modern and gives him a permanent place in the annals of modern history is The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. Reconstruction makes Iqbal the most important intellectual of modernist Islam. His...

Time – The Essence of Eternity

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by: Ghulam Sabir Abstract The question of Time has been common among philosophers of all ages. Even Greeks and after them Muslim philosophers belonging to pre-scientific age tried to understand the reality of time. The Ikhwan rejected the Aristotelian notion of time as being nothing but a measure of movement. They considered the time as related to the motion of heavenly bodies in the physical...

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