The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

Chapter 95

The Heart of Asia


By Khurram Ali Shafique

The other part of the enclave is The Traveler. It is a flashback about a journey that was undertaken four years ago on the invitation of King Nadir Shah of Afghanistan, who has been assassinated since then.

In the flashback, Iqbal is reading a letter from the king. It’s an invitation to visit Afghanistan and advise the government on its new education policy. The travelogue of the subsequent journey is a little Afghanistan in the Garden itself. The route passes through the frontier province, a special archive of the relics of the Prophet in Qandahar and the tomb of Rumi’s forerunner, the famous Hakim Sanai in Ghazna.

The Tomb of Sultan Mahmood

This is Ghazna in the eleventh century – almost a hundred years before Sanai. Images of glory flash across the Garden. The great Persian poet.Ferdowsi Tusi may be seen in the company of one of the greatest kings of Muslim history, Sultan Mahmood.

Zahir Shah

Nadir has been succeeded by his young son. His name is Zahir, which means the apparent. “There are a hundred worlds still in the Quran,” Iqbal tells him.

This is the end of the eighth enclave.

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An impressionistic travelogue of Afghanistan.
Persian text