Author Evening with Zirrar: Ghazi and the Garden

Author Evening with Zirrar: Ghazi and the Garden
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Join us for an author evening with Zirrar to discuss his book, Ghazi and the Garden (purchase here).

WHEN: TBC
WHERE: TBC

About the book:

Ghazi and the Garden is a new and modern collection of English translations of poetry by Muhammad Iqbal. Considered by many to be the last of the great classical Persian poets, and the first of the modern Muslim philosophers, Iqbal’s work has been pivotal in anti-colonial movements and revolutions throughout the Muslim world in the 20th century. Though he is a household name in the Indian subcontinent, Iran and Turkey, he remains largely unknown in the West. This collection brings together some of his most beautiful and powerful Urdu poems taken from Bang-e Dra (Call of the Marching Bell) and Bal-e Jibreel (Gabriel’s Wing), as well as some of his finest Persian ghazals from Zabur-e Ajam (Persian Psalms).

Each poem includes the original Urdu or Persian text, and where necessary, detailed footnotes with explanations have been provided. The hope is for those already familiar with Iqbal to enjoy the original, but also allow those new to Iqbal, and who might possess the lingual familiarity, to experience the vastness of Iqbal’s mind as they read the translation.

About the author:

Zirrar is a writer and photographer based in London, who has spent the past decade travelling the east from North Africa, Egypt, Hejaz to the lands of Khorasan. His work reflects a vision of cultural and identity revivalism, where the might and beauty of Islam can be re-discovered and shared. He is also an active writer and researcher in the fields of Islamic History, Art and Architecture as well as culture-critic in the fields of Orientalism, especially in modern travel photography and literature. He is also the author of Enwrap, and Ghazi and the Garden, a modern English translation of poetry by the poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal.
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