Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Iqbal: the Formative Phase (1905-13)

Iqbal: Tashkeeli Daur (1905-13) is the second volume of my comprehensive biography of Iqbal in Urdu, and just now I received the first copy out of the press.

The complete series is divided into six volumes:
  • Up to 1904: early years
  • 1905-13: the formative period
  • 1914-22: the middle period
  • 1923-30: the peak period
  • 1931-38: later years
  • Since 1938: legacy of his thought

I have already presented a synopsis of these phases in Iqbal: An Illustrated Biography (2006), which I wrote in English but which is now being translated into several languages, including Urdu, regional languages of Pakistan, Pesrian, German, Bosnian and some others.

The serialized Urdu biography is different on several accounts, and there are a few aspects which I would like to share on this blog too.


  1. Congratulations, and may your fingers keep writing words that will inspire and regenerate not only interest, but zeal in our youth and people.

  2. Volume one was something on Iqbal which created the complete image of his earlier years, and was a biography of a complete man never told before. I am so curious to know the Iqbal that you have discovered in this second volume.

  3. Your happiness is well-earned, Khurram Ali Shafique Sahib. Many Congratulations and Celebrations! May the fruit of your diligent labor of love reward you and enlighten many for years to come.

    We are most fortunate to have such a scholar as you mentoring here at RR - bringing Iqbal to us each where we live and forming a nearly tangible bridge between worlds.

    I am one of an unstoppable river of readers and students with glad and growing interest for all that Iqbal has to offer - because of your work.

  4. Many congratulations Mr.Shafique on another piece of work that will inform and enlighten us. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors.

  5. Thanks Farrokh, Akhtar, Connie and Naqib.

  6. Congratulations Khurram Bhai. Just got back to Karachi. Could not go to Iqbal Academy in Lahore otherwise I would have seen the book before you could! Anyway it was not meant to be. I am now eagerly waiting to get a copy! Now get busy with the next one in the series.