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

Chapter 100

The University of Barkhia

By Khurram Ali Shafique

Beyond the nine enclaves there is a futuristic university. It is situated at the very end of the Garden and comprises of the seven lectures contained in the prose work The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930-34) by Iqbal. It is in English.

The purpose is to empower you. Iqbal reappears here as the Poet-Philosopher, the only modern luminary to hold front-seats in widely popular poetry and pure philosophy at the same time.

Organic unity

‘Your creation and resurrection,’ says the Quran, ‘are like the cre­ation and resurrection of a single soul.’ A living experience of the kind of biological unity, embodied in this verse, requires today a method physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.

Unsuspected harmonies

The day is not far off when Religion and Science may discover hitherto unsuspected mutual harmonies. It must, how­ever, be remembered that there is no such thing as finality in philosophical thinking. As knowledge advances and fresh avenues of thought are opened, other views, and probably sounder views than those set forth in these lectures, are possi­ble. Our duty is carefully to watch the progress of human thought, and to maintain an independent critical attitude towards it.

This was the preface. Now you may like a quick tour of the university.

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