2011-02-27 Can East Lead the West: Pyame Mashriq

posted Mar 1, 2011, 12:55 AM by Irfan Hyder   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 3:49 AM ]

Session on 27th of February, 2011

According to A.J.P. Taylor, immediately after the First World War, the English Intellectuals and Writers had cut off themselves from the society and started composing pessimistic writings whereas actually in those years from 1919 to 1923 the common masses were very optimistic about their future.

Iqbal wrote “Pyame Mashrique” or “The Message from the East” during those years where he had presented a very different approach towards the current time and future. Parallel to Goethe’s “Deewane Maghrib” or “West-Oestlicher Divan”, Iqbal considered it as “Deewane Mashrique”.

According to Iqbal, a change was coming in during those years and the change was positive and the society was already prepared to welcome that change.

In different poems, ghazals and rubaiyaat of Pyame Mashrique, Iqbal has conveyed the same message and talked about the “New Adam” who is going to be born now from its ashes like a Phoenix and described it beautifully in “The Conquest of Nature”, furthermore, in “The Song of Time”, he describes that time is not dead unlike the western writers who had considered it as dead.