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Hi Robert, By coincidence, I just received a copy of Khurram Ali Shafique's "Iqbal: His Life and Our Times" yesterday via Amazon. I think of one of Follett's ideas from the New State (1918):
"It is said that a mighty struggle is before us by-and-by when East meets West, and in that shock will be decided which of these civilizations shall rule the world - that this is to be the great world-decision. No, the great world-decision is that each nation needs equally every other, therefore each will not only protect, but foster and increase the other that thereby it may increase its own stature." (New State 346)
I am mid stream in the book, but found it interesting that Iqbal was tutored by Henry Sidgwick in Cambridge, UK. Follett knew Sigdwick well, as he and his wife founded Newnham College for Women where she spent a year as a student. She was in London in 1932 when Iqbal was there. in 1933 she gave a series of lectures at the London School of Economics. But, I think, from what Khurram has found out, and he has done much research, they may not have met personally, but through her written word, in particular The New State. A long overdue hello, Albie
It's great to hear from you :).
Iqbal does strongly respect and reference the ideas of Mary Parker Follett, along with C.R. Das as well. Here is a link for him:
I really appreciate your comments here about Sidgwick.
I am close friends with Khurram Sir, and am an active participant in his Iqbal Studies courses.
There is an unusual and deep resonance between the ideas of Iqbal, Follett, and C.R. Das. Khurram Sir is the only person I know who has taken all of this to a new level of study and application toward solving today's problems. Specifically, he shows how Iqbal interpreted the Qur'an in a certain way, a way very closely akin to Islamic sufism. Oddly enough, Follett's very early teachings connect strongly (and have influenced strongly) Iqbal's understandings, not so much in a so -called religious sense (at least in the typical definition of religion), but more so in how people come together, harmoniously and effectively, as groups, organizations, societies, and as a totality of humanity.
I like all this. I work a very busy day-job, and wish I could retire to devote more time to all of this.
Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I like connecting with you here :).
All good wishes,
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