Proud of being a Muslim, Iqbal's writings reflect his religious views. He is considered one of the last of the great Muslim thinkers, being placed among the likes of Rumi and Hafiz.
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I grew up in a household that echoed to the poetry of Rumi, Ghalib and Iqbal. Later, poetry helped me to express myself when other expressions failed.
A new collection of poetry by Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned Islamic scholar, gives an authentic and new perspective on a religion and a part of the world that is so constantly on our minds.
Rumi very consciously made himself and his poetry a bridge between cultures and between religions. There is nothing exclusivist about him. He includes everyone in his embrace. He was, and is, a healer of whatever might separate us.
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