In order to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi, the great poet and thinker of the 13th century, the Governing Body of the RCD Cultural Institute decided to publish a book reflecting the influence of the Mowlana on the culture of the RCD region.
Under a programme prepared by the Institute, it was suggested that the following 5 chapters for the proposed book be contributed by scholars of the 3 RCD countries:
1. The Cultural and Social Status of the Islamic World during the life and time of the Mowlana
2. The message of the Mathnawi
3. The influence of the Mowlana on the culture of Iran
4. The influence of the Mowlana on the culture of Turkey.
5. The influence of the Mowlana on the culture of Pakistan
Each country agreed to nominate a scholar to contribute the respective chapters.
Dr. Afzal Iqbal, a prominent Pakistani scholar was nominated by the Government of Pakistan to write Chapters 2 and 5...
Chapter 2. THE MESSAGE OF THE MATHNAWI
I. A General Summary ..... 3
II. Nature of Existence ..... 19
III. Nature of Knowledge ..... 34
IV. Free Will and Determination ..... 50
V. Nature of Love ..... 61
VI. Nature of Reality ..... 70
Chapter 5. THE INFLUENCE OF RUMI ON THE CULTURE OF THE INDO-PAKISTAN SUB-CONTINENT
I. The Medieval Period of Rami's Studies in Mushm India ..... 81
II. Rumi's Studies in British India ..... 86
III. Iqbal, the Greatest Commentator on Rumi in Modern Times ..... 92
IV. Rumi's Studies in Pakistan ..... 118
Publication No. 52 of RCD CULTURAL INSTITUTE, 5, Los Angeles Ave., North of Boulevard Elizabeth II, Tehran, 1974, - 120 pp., ASIN: B0007AO1B2
Bonus by the same author:
1. THE CULTURE OF ISLAM
2. DIPLOMACY IN ISLAM
3. LIFE AND WORK OF RUMI