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

Chapter 63

Taj Mahal

By Khurram Ali Shafique

Nothing could be more dramatic than the contrast between what you saw inside the Museum and what lies just outside it on the other end. It is Taj Mahal.

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In front of you is the great monument. It stands on the bank of a great river but its marble ripples faster than flowing waters and is perforated by the eyelashes of lovers.

The grand monument is the criterion of beauty in the Garden of Poetry. Although built by an emperor, it appears to be a translation of the poetry of Rumi into marble.

The ideal of Rumi was to see God face to face. The white mausoleum surrounded by a well-planned garden is a symbolic depiction of heaven where such union may be attained.


  • If Taj Mahal is the poetry of Rumi reconstructed in real world, what kind of structure can represent the work of Iqbal?

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