Understanding Iqbal's poetry: Shikwa

Image by Aslam Kamal

Image by Aslam Kamal

The Mehfil presents a workshop on Sir Muhammad Iqbal's poem'Shikwa' (Complaint) at the Royal Asiatic Society on Thursday 4th July.

In this first poetry workshop, join us in the close reading and interpretation of Allama Iqbal's famed work, Shikwa (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 be provided in English/ Urdu/romanised Urdu.

This is the first in a series of workshops on Iqbal's most known works that we will be hosting this year. Subsequent sessions will look at Jawaab-e-ShikwaKhidr-e-rah, Saaqi Nama and a selection of Iqbal's Persian ghazals.

The workshops will be conducted by Tasnim Firdaus, our Director of Language & Literature Programmes. Tasnim's academic interests include classical Urdu and Persian poetry and Persian in the Indus valley. Tasnim 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 Thursday 4th July from 18:45 - 20:45 at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD. Tickets are £15 and are available here.


Neelofer Korotana