Books of Dr. Afzal Iqbal

1. My Life: A Fragment
Published in several editions since it was originally released in 1942. This is the most authentic document on the life of Maulana Mohammed Ali, a leading figure in the Muslim struggle for independence in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent. Every author working on muslim hisotry in the sub-contient has referred to this source material in his work.

2. Select Writings and Speeches of of Maulana Mohammed Ali
Several editions have been published since its first publication in 1941.
Indispensable source material on the history of Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent has been quoted and acknowledged by everywriter working in the field.

3. The Life and Times of Mohammed Ali
First edition 1974.
Second edition 1979.
Delhi edition 1978 Idara Adbiyati-Delhi IAD Oriental Reprint Series No.44.
The first full length biography of Mohamed Ali in English. It was mostly based on newly opened Government records and private papers. The book explores almost virgin territory and deals with the hopes, fears and aspirations of Indian Muslims from 1878 to 1931.
Mian Azim Husain, biographer of Sir Fazli Husain:
There are very few good biographies of eminent Indian Muslims and this one would now be counted as one of the most outstanding among them. It is a superb account of a much maligned and misunderstood Indian Muslim leader. This biography is a service to the cause of Indian Muslim history having a bearing on their future
Dr. Karl Reinhold Haellquist, Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen:
The book is so excellent that it is difficult to add anything or offer much criticism. It will be very difficult for future scholars to refute the author's findings and interpretations of the Life and Times of Mohamed Ali.
K.K. Aziz, Former Chairman, National Commission on Historical and Cultural Research, Islamabad:
The most comprehensive documented and readable life of Mlohamed Ali that has come to my notice so far.
Pakistan Times, Lahore:
The work can be regarded as a most important contribution to our political history, because it is the first authentic biography of Mohamed Ali, based on material which had hitherto never been used. This includes both published and unpublished material from private papers and official records of the times.

4. Diplomacy in Islam
An essay on the art of negotiations as conceived and developed by the prophet of Islam.
First Edition, 1961. Second Edition, 1965.
Prof. J.A. Haywood, Director of the Oriental School of Studies, University of Durham:
Diplomacy in Islam is a pioneer work, setting out – for the first time in English – th e principles - governing the Prophet Muhammad’s negotiations with the people of al-Medina and of Mecca. It is a most useful addition to the literature of early Islam.
"The Muslim World", Washington:
The author writes both to challenge the Europeans to take cognizance of the role of Islam in the history of diplomacy and to urge the Muslim diplomat to relate his religious orientation to his profession. ...His concluding message to the diplomats rings of Polonius.

5. The Prophet's Diplomacy

The art of negotiation as conceived by the Prophet of Islam.
The American Edition of Diplomacy in Islam.
First Edition, 1975. Delhi Edition, 1984.
"Prabuddha Bharrata" (India):
Mr. Afzal iqbal the widely experienced diplomat of Pakistan with his vast study of Islamic history and varied experience as the Ambassador of his country in different parts of the world has presented the prophet Muhammad diplomacy in a lucid manner and has done a good service not only to the cause of diplomacy but to the world as a whole.
Prof. Alford T. Welch, Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University:
Iqbal's beautifully written and inspiring portrayal of "The Prophet's Diplomacy" was first published as "Diplomacy in Islam". This work is to be highly recommended, not only for those in diplomacy and business, but also for students of Islamic life and history, general history, and ethics, and for anyone who is willing to look to another culture and era for inspiration and guidelines for self-improvement.
Prof. Richard Gochal, Sadvipra Journal:
Ambassador Iqbal has done a great job in making the Prophet come alive in his book. All of the principal negotiations Muhammad engaged in have been presented in an interesting manner and there are a number of quotations from prominent diplomats of the past attesting to the value of honesty and morality in international relations. The last chapter of the book does an especially good job of painting a picture of Muhammad as a great man, one whose only purpose in life was service to God and his people.
Hayim Yonkel of "The East West Journal":
This sketch of Muhammad's political methods is an excellent introduction to the early history of Islam, but much more than that it offers an inspiring insight into the force of character that was the secret of Muhammad's power. That power consisted of a unique patience, and the author offers us an extremely useful analysis of this virtue. ... The Prophet's Diplomacy should be a textbook for all New Age leaders.

6. Life and work of Muhammad Jalaluddin Rumi

First Edition, 1956
Second Revised Edition, 1964.
Third Revised Edition, 1974.
Fourth Revised Edition, 1978.
Fifth Revised Edition, 1983. London Octogen Press.
Sixth Edition, 1991. National Council of the Arts.
Late Prof. A.J. Arberry of the University of Cambridge, in the Foreword states as follows:
"I recommend this book warmly; it is a pleasure to read and it holds the key to further delight for those many who will be encouraged by it to study further the immortal poetry of Rumi."
Prof. Annemarie Schimmel of Harvard University:
“The author shows a deep insight and understanding of the nature of mystical poetry... The book deserves our attention for it is not only a scholarly approach to the subject but the fruit of understanding and love"
Dr. All Asqhar Hikmat, the well-known scholar of Iran
".Indeed a comprehensive and a brilliant study of the life and thought of a great thinker... After Allama Shibli Naumani, it is now the turn of Mr. Afzal Iqbal, the young scholar from Pakistan, to keep the tradition alive by contributing this immortal treatise to the eminent list of great works on Rumi".
The late Prof. Hadi Hassan, Professor of Persian Literature, University of Aliqarh, India :
"It redounds greatly to the credit of Mr. Afzal Iqbal that following in the footsteps of such masters as Whin field,Brown, Nicholson and Firozen Far, he should have produced a work of which it may truly be said: "Age will not wither, not time st its infinite variety".

7. The impact of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi on Islamic Culture

Published by R.C.D. Cultural Institute, Tehran, 1974.
The Book was published on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Rumi in Tehran and seeks to trace his impact on the Muslim thought in India and Pakistan.

8. Maulana Rumi: Hayat-o-Afkar

Urdu translation of Life and work of Jalaluddin Rumi
Institute of Islamic Culture, Lahore1979.
2nd Edition 1991.

9. The Culture of Islam

First Edition, 1967.
Second Revised Edition, 1974.
Third Revised Edition, 1981.
Idara Adbyat Delli Revised Edition, 1985.
An outstanding study based on original sources of the first century of Islam.
Prof. Arnold Toynbee, Prof.Emeritus of International History, University of London:
A very timely book for the English reading public, especially in the United States, where knowledge of Islam, its culture, and its history is minimal. This ignorance as I see it, has had unfortunate effects on American foreign policy.
"Times" Literary Supplement, London:
Afzal Igbal's scholarly and readable book attempts to deal with the problem of adjustment facing Muslim intellectuals today. The author concentrates upon the first century of Islam, outlining with careful accuracy the characteristic features of pre-Islamic culture in Arabia. The main thesis of the author is that Islam is essentially dynamic and though constant in fundamentals, permits the continuous interpretation and application of these fundamentals to changing circumstances. Although this is being challenged by other schools of thought, it appears to be gaining increasing acceptance in countries like Pakistan and Egypt.
Prof. Montgomery Watt Head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh:
I have been greatly impressed by it. I think the general standpoint adopted is very valuable, and the way in which it has been worked out is admirable. I am sure it is extremely important that Muslims should go back to the beginnings of their civilization as the author has done, not slavishly following traditional views but attempting to look at the facts freshly for themselves. I am sure that this manner of procedure gives the best hope of both renewal and an adequate response to the challenges of the present day.
Prof. J.M.S. Baljon, University of Groningen, The Netherlands:
A fine study full of interesting information. Though an amazing amount of material is piled up into it, it reads like a novel. The argumentation is always to the point without tiresome expatiations-and well-chosen anecdotes illustrate nicely the meaning of what is explained before. The liberal views expressed in it are "cooling to the eyes" for somebody who is often compelled to struggling through unconvincing apologetics of so many present day authors on similar subjects.
,Prof. Laoust, College de France, Paris:
"A conception, a vision of Islam of its functions, of its mission, which finds its historical basis in the study of the first century. The period is very well chosen and presents a great interest. The author does not isolate Islam but situates it exactly in the cultural background. A construction not far from universalism. This work is very pleasant to read, very clear".

10. Ajnabi - Urdu Translation of "L' Etranger" by Albertcampus, the Novle Prize winning novelist Aina Adab, 1979

11. Contemporary Muslim World

First Edition, 1985
Army Education Press Second Revised Edition, 1992

12. Islamization of Pakistan

1st Edition: Vanguard Books 1984 Idara-i-Adbiyat-i-Dehli 1986
Second Edition vanguard.

13. Dimension of Islam Essays in Understanding Islam

First Edition
? Idara-i-Adbiyat-i-Dehli 1986.
Second Edition Islamic Book Foundation,1987.

14. A chapter from Memory, Diary of a Diplomat

Hamdard Foundation, 1986.
Second Edition, 1988.

15. Book of Urdu Verse

Rawal matbu-at, Rawalpindi 1985.

16. Puppet on a string collection of selected articles

17. Emergence of Islam, Lectures onthe Development of Islamic World

1st Edition 1993,
Reprinted Edition 1995,
2nd Revised Edition 2004,
By Mohammad Hamidullah, translated and edited by Afzal Iqbal, Institute of Islamic Research. International Islamic University Islambad.

18. Reflection on Rumi

1st Edition Sang-i-meel Lahore 2012
act of Rumi on Shah Abdul Latif, Ed: Abdul Hemid UL Akhund, Shah Abdul Latif, His Mystical Poetry. Shah 'Abdul Latif Bhitshah Cultural Centre, [1991].
Rumi on the perfect man. paper read at the Sufi Conference, Delhi 1991. Published in Islamic Studies. Quarterly Journal. Vol.30 No.3 Gutuna,
Lectured and addressed seminars on Islamic Subjects and Jallaluddin Rumi in the Universities of London Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Geneva, Leiden, (Holland),Yale, Minnesota Toronto, Islamabad, Bangkok, Academy of Authors, Azamgarh (India),Institute of Islamic studies Delhi, Nehru Memorial and Museum , Delhi. India International Centre and Ghalib Academy, Delhi etc.

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