(London – PR) LAFZ MEDIA are proud to host, in conjunction with BBC Asian Network, the Pakistan High Commission and the International Iqbal Society (IIS), the launch of the highly acclaimed and long awaited release of ‘Shikwa and Jawaab-e-Shikwa – a contemporary translation’.
The two poems in question were written in 1909 and 1913 respectively. Shikwah consists of 31 stanzas, each having six lines. This poem was presented by Iqbal in April 1911 to the annual session of Anjuman Himayat-i Islam held at Islamia College, Lahore. Jawab-e-Shikwah consists of 36 stanzas of six lines each. Iqbal recited Jawab-e-Shikwa at a public gathering in 1913 outside Mochi Gate, Lahore. In this poem a comprehensive reply to Iqbal’s own complaint is given.
The translation of both poems has taken more than a year to complete and a lot of work has gone into retaining the poetic rhythm and nuances of the Urdu.
The preface to the book has been written by Professor Katherine Schimmel of Harvard University, niece of the late Anne-Marie Schimmel. The Foreword to the book is written by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and introduction by renowned anthropologist Professor Akbar S Ahmed.
LAFZ are honoured to celebrate this launch as part of the first LAFZ Literary Festival. Our GUEST OF HONOUR will be His Excellency The Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. The event will consist of a SYMPOSIUM discussing Iqbal’s concept of “Khudi”, with a number of distinguished guests and scholars.
Chaired by senior broadcast journalist Syed Talat Hussain.Confirmed panelists include, Prof Katherine Schimmel, Harvard, Dr. Kamran Tahir, Iqbal Fellow at Cambridge, and Dr. Halima Krausen, Hamburg. Prof. M.S. Baqa.
This will be followed by a QAWALI CONCERT with THE HUSSAIN BROTHERS.
An event truly not to be missed!
Venue: St John’s Smith Square
Address: St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA
Date: 26th May 2014
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