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Biography of Muhammad Iqbal titled Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician released

Oct 28, 2014 18:40 IST

Biography of Allama Muhammad Iqbal- Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician

Biography of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was released in October 2014. The biography is titled Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician. The biography is written by Zafar Anjum, the editor of Kitaab. The book has been published by Random House.

The book highlights the story of Iqbal’s evolution as a poet, philosopher and politician and talks about his personal life. It also highlights some of the least known facets of the poet’s life. These facets include how did a nationalist poet transform into a poet of Islamic revivalism and global revolution? How did three years in Europe change Iqbal’s political and philosophical outlook? Why did he start writing in Persian during his stay in Europe? Why did his first marriage fail and how did his romantic relationships affect him? What exactly was the poet’s role in bringing about Partition?
About Allama Mohammad Iqbal
Allama Mohammad Iqbal remains a controversial figure in the history of the Indian subcontinent. Sarojini Naidu called him the Poet laureate of Asia.
On the one hand, he is considered the Spiritual Father of Pakistan.

On the other, his message of Eastern revivalism places him in the ranks of the twentieth century's major intellectuals.
Iqbal's tragedy was that after his death, he was made the national poet of Pakistan and largely ignored in India. In his time, he was lauded as much as Tagore but today India celebrates Tagore while Iqbal has been banished from her consciousness.

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