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Sunday, September 27, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: The genius of Ghulam Rasul Mehr —by Khaled Ahmed

Ghulam Rasul Mehr dominated Lahore’s journalism in the years preceding Partition as the editorial writer of Zafar Ali Khan’s Zamindar and later Inqilab to which he fled together with Abdul Majid Salik. He is counted among journalists who wrote a literary style of great distinction and spoke from their expertise in politics and culture both. His output was astounding and, had his grasp of the two not been extraordinary, he would have been rejected for prolixity.Apart from his daily editorials and columns, he wrote and researched Ghalib and Iqbal, producing heavy tomes on the meaning and interpretation of their great works. He wrote a biography of Ibn Taymiya, and produced a book on Syed Ahmad Shaheed which was to become an important source for Ayesha Jalal’s book on Jihad in 2008. In addition to his own books, he translated around 40 books, some of them heavy tomes again, significantly related to the march of reason in Europe. He was companion to Allama Iqbal as he travelled to Europe in the 1930s.


Blogger Amjad said...

Very well written, very balanced approach of Mr. Khalid Ahmed.When I read the book few months back, my feelings were same, that Mr. Hamza Farooqui left many points un answered. On many occasions, he wrote that Maulana Mehr's point of view was different from the point of view of general public. But now, after more than 60 years, it is easy to judge who was right? Late maulana Mehr or the geneal public? But the learned author did not bother to touch this question.

October 22, 2009 2:19 PM  

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