Write up on "Republic of Rumi"
"I do not mystify anybody when I say that things in India are not what they appear to be. The meaning of this, however, will dawn upon you only when you have achieved a real collective ego to look at them"
This is a new approach to Iqbal Studies, a positive one for those pondering over the future of Muslims these days. In his book
the Republic of Rumi, Khurram Shafique has constructed a garden of poetry, to enter which you have to first give up all preconceptions.
Then you enter the garden in search of Joseph, the concept.
You go through the different stages of the garden to understand yourself, the world and the general order of the universe.It is an abstract book of poetry which is at the same time mind boggling and beautiful. It was only after attending workshops on the book conducted by Khurram himself was I able to grasp even a little of the order and hidden meanings in the various chapters. Connections with Rumi, the work of Dr. Allama Iqbal and even the Holy Quran are sewn effortlessly into the text . The words of Surah Yusuf appear in the final pages to answer many of the riddles that were presented during the journey.
The structure of the garden in Republic of Rumi is based on a pattern extrapolated from Iqbals work that suggests
there are 7 stages that you can use when trying to understand yourself,
there are 5 wisdoms that you use when trying to understand the outside world
and to get a general overview of things you would apply 9 questions
A blog by the same name also explores in detail concepts brought forward from the book and the philosophy behind Pakistan.
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