Book Reviews

Makateeb-i-Zindan by Hakeem Amritsari

August 23, 2015

Muhammad Ali Siddiqi — MAULANA Abul Ala Maudoodi’s controversial edict about jihad in the late 1940s during the Kashmir war is still relevant, given the plethora of self-proclaimed jihadi organisations active in Pakistan. The book under review, Makateeb-i-Zindan, is the third edition, published earlier in 1952 and 1983. The book consists of letters written in jail by Maulana Maudoodi and other Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leaders arrested in October 1948 under the Punjab Public Safety Act. The compiler of the book, Hakeem Muhammad Sharif, explains the background against which the arrests were ۔۔۔

Iqbalian style

August 21, 2015

Intizar Husain — THE word imitation when used in the context of arts and literature is taken as a derogatory term and its Urdu translation naqli is also a derogatory term. But in Urdu there is another word taqleed which we often use when required. This term has a different connotation from that of imitation but when Iqbal says “Taqleed” he is treating this word as a derogatory one, equal in meaning to ۔۔۔

Rococo and Other Worlds

August 16, 2015

Ilona Yusuf — Witness to two wars in his early twenties — first the 1971 war in which the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh, and then the Lebanese Civil War, as a student at the American University in Beirut — Afzal Ahmed Syed’s experience of war, brutality and injustice colour his poetry. His work reflects the Sisyphean condition of humankind, most emphatically the circumstances of those born with neither freedom nor wealth, nor the comforts and facilities which citizens of settled nations ۔۔۔

The many stories of Partition

August 9, 2015

Asif Farrukhi — PARTITION is a never-ending story. Many years ago when I used to be on the lookout for fairy tales I could recount to my children, I came across this story which continued instead of concluding. A far cry from the world of fairy tales, Partition, too, seems to keep growing like the beanstalk which Jack has to climb to reach the giant’s castle. No longer a singular narrative, Partition keeps multiplying as more and more material is added to the description of the original events we have, but there are also more Partitions to reckon with. The distinguished Hindi novelist Kamleshwar wrote a polemical novel he named Kitne Pakistan? Not a book I admire as much as some of his other writings, but the name has stuck in my head like the tune of a song I cannot fully recall or erase from my memory. The English version of the novel is called Partitions, as if to remove the sting in the tail. The point was however in the story, not just its ۔۔۔

An invaluable compendium on Ali Sardar Jafri

August 3, 2015

Rauf Parekh — AQEEL Abbas Jafri is a restless soul whose thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. A digger of information and an explorer of knowledge, he is often found busy reading a research work or writing a book based on research. When he is not doing either of the two, believe me, he will be either running after a rare book or sifting through dusty, old magazines in a ۔۔۔

M.U. Memon’s “An Epic Unwritten”–A Review Essay

July 29, 2015

Jason Francisco — The English-reading public has witnessed in recent years an exceptional, if quiet literary achievement. Not one but four critically informed anthologies of Partition literature have reached publication: Alok Bhalla’s Stories about the Partition of India (1994), Saros Cowasjee and K.S. Duggal’s Orphans of the Storm (1995), Mushirul Hasan’s India Partitioned: The Other Face of Freedom (1995), and most recently, Muhammad Umar Memon’s collection of Urdu short fiction, An Epic Unwritten (1998). With these translations, the cultural devastation of the Partition is brought forward with unprecedented depth and scope to an international ۔۔۔

کرنوں کا رقص ایک جائزہ

July 26, 2015

نسیم انجم — گزشتہ کئی سال میں بہت سے قلم کاروں نے اپنی تخلیقات کے ساتھ گلستانِ ادب میں قدم رکھا اور پھر قدم جمانے کے لیے یہاں کے ہی ہو رہے اور خوب لکھا تقریباً تمام ہی پرچوں میں ان کا نام اور کام نظر آیا، ان ھی تخلیق کاروں میں جناب نجیب عمر کا نام بھی شامل ہے۔ نجیب عمر عرصہ دراز سے تخلیق کے سنگ ریزوں پر برہنہ پا چل رہے ہیں اور اس مشقت کے نتیجے میں وہ اپنے قارئین کو ان کی پسندیدہ تحریریں مطالعے کے لیے پیش کررہے ۔۔۔

Aloom-e-Tarjuma

July 26, 2015

The Nation — The University of Gujrat (UoG) has published ‘Aloom-e-Tarjuma’ which is translation of a famous book titled ‘Translation Studies’ which is written by Susan ۔۔۔