We're reading Allama Muhammad Iqbal's The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam for September.
Our previous discussion (on Nadeem Farooq Paracha's book End of the Past) highlighted questions about the ideological program of the Pakistani state, the role of different religious movements (within Islam) in the creation of Pakistan and its subsequent nation-building, and the ideas of contemporary Muslim ideologues. The participants were keen on reading more books about Pakistan's history but when mention of Allama Iqbal's essays came up, there was a unanimous approval that it would be an interesting place to start.
Reconstruction is a collection of essays based on lectures Iqbal delivered during the 1930s. The generally held opinion is that this philosophical work by Iqbal is often ignored or skimmed over in Pakistan in favour of a narrow view of his ideas based on his poetry. We're hoping the text might offer some insight into Iqbal's understanding of Islam and its comparison to the religious narrative that prevailed after Pakistan's Independence.
The details of the meeting are:
Day/Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
Time: 6 PM
Venue: Table Talk, Kohsar Market, F-6/3, Islamabad
Please note that we had earlier deciced to meet on the 23rd but the meeting has been moved up a week to accommodate a guest speaker who has researched Iqbal's works.
The essays are also available online at the International Iqbal Society's website: http://www.iqbal.com.pk/allama-iqbal-prose-works/books/the-reconstructionof-religious-thought-in-islam