Understanding Iqbal's poetry: Jawaab-e-Shikwa

Image by Aslam Kamal

Image by Aslam Kamal

The Mehfil will be hosting an afternoon workshop on Sir Muhammad Iqbal's poem 'Jawaab-e-Shikwa' at the Royal Asiatic Society in London on Saturday 2nd November.

Following on from our previous workshop on Allama Iqbal's Shikwa (Complaint), join us in the close reading and interpretation of his famed work, Jawaab-e-Shikwa (Response to the Complaint). Known as Shair-e-Mushriq (the Poet of the East), Iqbal's poetry written mostly in Urdu and Persian is regarded among the greatest of the modern era.

Knowledge of Urdu is required - material will also be provided in English/ Urdu/romanised Urdu. For those who were unable to attend our first session on Shikwa, an English translation of Shikwa will be provided if required.

This is the second in a series of workshops on Iqbal's most known works that we will be hosting this year. Works explored during the series include Shikwa, Jawaab-e-Shikwa, Khidr-e-rah, Saaqi Nama and a selection of Iqbal's Urdu and Persian ghazals.

The workshops will be conducted by Tasnim Firdaus, Director of Language & Literature Programmes at The Mehfil. Tasnim's academic interests include classical Urdu and Persian poetry and Persian in the Indus valley. Tasnim has has worked as a lecturer of Urdu and Persian language and literature in Pakistan and has a teaching career spanning over 30 years.

This workshop will be held on Saturday 2nd November from 2pm-5pm at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD. Tickets are £20 and are available here. ***Refreshments will be provided during tea breaks. Doors open at 1.45pm and the session will begin promptly at 2pm***

Neelofer Korotana