German Connections - Goethe and Iqbal in Today's Scenario
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The idea of this conference and its connection to the great thinkers and philosophers Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is not hard to see. A connection between Goethe’s message of friendship and respect to the East in his “West-Östlicher-Divan (West-Eastern-Divan)” and Iqbal’s “Mard-e-Momin”, who, while being a devoted Muslim, is required to gain knowledge from West and from East. By stressing upon character building among Muslims, Iqbal preached the ways of dialogue and peaceful co-existence of cultures instead of conflict.