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Extension lecture on Iqbal’s poetry at Jamia

New Delhi:  “Goethe’s poem is wonderful but diction of Iqbal’s poem makes it rather more attractive” said Christina Oesterheld, a noted Urdu scholar from Germany, here on March 18, while delivering her extension lecture on Iqbal’s poem ‘Jooe Aab’ (water stream) organised by Jamia Millia’s dept of Urdu in collaboration with Urdu Academy Delhi, which was chaired by Najib Jung, VC of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Comparing Iqbal’s poem ‘Jooe Aab’ with famous German poet Goethe’s Ode to Mohammad (song for Mohammad), Christina said that the element of ecstasy is observed more in Goethe’s ode. However, the literal framework of Iqbal’s poem reflects an incisive tone on one side, its extraordinary flow attracts people towards it on the other. She also said that while Goethe’s poem is in free verse, Iqbal has composed his poem in the same refrain. Moreover, with the thought-provoking factor, Iqbal’s poem became unusually, more meaningful,” the scholar said.

Pointing to the remarkable lecture, Najib Jung said that knowledge and research know no barrier. Najib Jung recited Goethe’s poem while Prof. Khalid Mahmood recited Iqbal’s poem. Welcoming the audience, Prof. Akhtarul-Wasey, Vice Chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy said that Germany has been marked throughout history with an extraordinary tradition of knowledge and culture and Jamia Millia Islamia too has been cherishing academic and civilisational values.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 21

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