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"In these days of Worldwide pandemic, economic meltdown, political demagoguery, in short, a total chaos, release of this very significant work on Iqbal, Faiz, and Manto, three most influential revolutionary and literary minds of the East, is indeed a much-needed scholarship for the Western readers. Particularly, the introduction of Iqbal will give them a way out of their stressful lives. I am very hopeful that, if properly promoted on TV and in University circles, it will be enormously popular and widely accepted." — Ahsan Syed, Palo Alto, CA, recipient of the “Complete Scholar” Award from the Aligarh Muslim University of India
"A must-read book for anyone interested in powerful and reformist works by three prominent South Asian authors. Jabbar’s careful selections of works by Iqbal, Manto and Faiz open up our eyes and hearts and take us on a historical journey relevant to our lives today. This book is also for anyone who longs for a world without wars, where social justice prevails over greed." — Louise Nayer, author of five books including Burned: A Memoir, an Oprah pick
"In his monograph of three powerful Urdu language writers, Abdul Jabbar forcefully and successfully argues how vital the humanities remain in our lives. Iqbal, Manto, and Faiz write with compassion and commitment as they critique the devastations of colonialism, imperialism, militarism, and religious and patriarchal violence. Islamic writers devoted to an internationalism that addresses economic inequities, they are more relevant than ever to humanity’s desperate need to come to terms with the threat of planetary annihilation."—Leslie Simon, author of The Divine Comic (a novel), and several other publications.
"Prof. Jabbar's innovative approach towards three luminaries of modern Urdu literature is a watershed moment, as it introduces a new area of study. It accords them their rightful place denied so far because of their background. Author’s personal experience and credentials make him most suited for writing this book because he relates to the writers’ varied relationships to Islam, their prescient gaze on world affairs, critique of colonialism, and their unwavering faith in universal humanism"—Moazzam Sheikh, author of Idol Lover and Other Stories
"Abdul Jabbar’s book is a rare tour de force in combining three of the greatest minds of South Asia in one volume. Iqbal’s philosophical poetry, Faiz’s poems of love, and Manto’s short stories about the Partition of India remain unsurpassed both in craft and content. Only a person of Jabbar’s multicultural knowledge, background, and complete mastery of both English and Urdu languages and literature could have written a book like this."—Javaid Sayed, author of dayar-e maghrib se (a collection of poems)