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Mubarak Ali
Mubarak Ali

The writer is a veteran historian and scholar.

  • April 08, 2019

    Burden of truth and lie

    Moral values originate to fulfill the demands of different classes of a society. Lie and truth are two important values which contradict each other....

  • March 25, 2019

    The hero through the ages

    In history individuals have played a vital role for change and on account of their contribution become heroes. However, the nature and...

  • March 18, 2019

    Return of imperialism

    There are different categories of imperialism which emerged, according to the need of the time. In the first category was commercial imperialism,...

  • March 11, 2019

    The sweet tooth: a history

    Every society has its own peculiar sweet tooth and sweets have become an important ingredient of our food a well. There are different sweets like...

  • February 25, 2019

    The Sheedis of Sindh

    Every society has marginalised groups of people, who are separated from the mainstream and whose social and cultural contribution is not recognised...

  • February 18, 2019

    Prisoners of the past

    Every nation has a past. It is the task of historians to reconstruct it on the basis of documents, folklore, monuments, and archaeological evidence...

  • February 11, 2019

    Cheese through the ages

    History-writing is changing and its scope expanding. A group of historians have shifted their attention from political history to the history of...

  • February 04, 2019

    The tragedy of Al-Andalus

    The defeat and victory of a nation is a common factor in the annals of history. Whenever the historians of a nation narrate victories, there is...

  • January 29, 2019

    No room for revenge

    In his maiden speech in parliament after he was elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela vehemently pronounced that he did not harbour...

  • January 21, 2019

    The East and the West

    Whenever our intellectuals compare the East with the West, they tend to admire and idealise the Western civilisation, with its developments in...

  • January 17, 2019

    The present changes the past

    What happened in the past cannot be altered but it can be interpreted from time to time on the basis of political, social and ideological...

  • January 07, 2019

    Ruins of the past

    Throughout history, it was customary for ruling dynasties to build palaces, fortresses, temples and public buildings to display their power and...

  • December 31, 2018

    The fall of the Roman Empire

    The history of the Roman Empire fascinates European nations. Many of them tend to admire those emperors and generals who defeated the so-called...

  • December 24, 2018

    The world of traders

    Generally, historians recognised the contribution of elite classes such as royal dynasties, the aristocracy and feudal lords but ignored the role of...

  • December 17, 2018

    When the people rise

    Historians generally do write political, social and economic narratives but ignore the role of decisions that are taken on the basis of emotions and...

  • December 10, 2018

    Emperor Jahangir and the veneer of justice

    When the Iranian faction gained influence during the Abbasid period, they restored ancient Persian court ceremonies that were part of the Abbasid...

  • December 03, 2018

    The people’s anger

    In the democratic age, the space for people’s protest and resistance is very wide. Therefore, people adopt different means to have their demands...

  • November 25, 2018

    A walk through history

    Sir Syed Ahmad Khan is remembered as an educationist and religious scholar who took a keen interest in the social and political affairs of his time....

  • November 20, 2018

    The state of welfare

    The concept of a welfare state is the product of the modern age. Its historical roots can be found in the Industrial Revolution, which produced a...

  • November 12, 2018

    The voice of Sindh

    There are two forms of history writing that can help us understand a nation and its character. The first is dominated by the interests of the ruling...

  • November 05, 2018

    Sindh’s changing history

    The history of any society doesn’t remain static, but changes as a result of internal and external pressures. When a nation is invaded by foreign...

  • October 29, 2018

    The stone age

    Anthropologists have two different approaches to define civilisation. One approach argues that civilisation passed through an evolutionary process...

  • October 24, 2018

    History and the environment

    There are many factors for the rise and fall of nations. One of them is change of environment. When historians and scientists turn their attention...

  • October 15, 2018

    Europe vs the people without history

    European society emerged from the darkness of the Middle Ages and transformed on a fresh basis after the Renaissance and the Reformation, which...

  • October 08, 2018

    The fading art of rhetoric

    The art of rhetoric requires complete command over the use of language, and techniques to make speeches more appealing by quoting suitable verses...

  • September 25, 2018

    Shades of revenge

    There are many examples in history of individuals and groups who assassinate their enemies and opponents on the basis of religious hatred or to...

  • September 16, 2018

    The history of emotions

    While historians do tend to write political, social and economic narratives, they often ignore the role of those decisions that are taken on the...

  • September 06, 2018

    A people’s history

    The process of writing history by reflecting on political, social and economic factors has gone through different stages. In the first phase, it...

  • August 29, 2018

    European intellectuals and the East

    Asia and Europe are fundamentally different from each other in social, cultural and historical terms. Differences in the climate and environment of...

  • August 14, 2018

    Despotism through the ages

    The people of Athens experienced different political systems over time. They saw Athens being ruled under a monarchy, an oligarchy, a democracy, and...

  • August 08, 2018

    Their war, our guilt

    War remains a regular feature of world history. Nations and tribes used to fight wars against each other to occupy land or plunder hard-earned...

  • August 02, 2018

    The history of documents

    In history writing, documents are the basic source that provide material on the past and contribute in constructing political, social and economic...

  • July 26, 2018

    The intellectual’s reading list

    Libraries, diaries and letters are some of the basic tools that can help us understand the ideas and perceptions of philosophers, literary writers...

  • July 16, 2018

    The people boom

    Historical evidence suggests that if a country’s population increases beyond the limits of its resources, it deeply influences its social,...

  • July 07, 2018

    Images of death

    Although everybody knows that death is inevitable, nobody is ready to recognise this fact and continue to desire to live for as long as possible....

  • June 27, 2018

    Europe’s dark past

    Various European powers constructed the image of non-European nations on the basis of three elements: rational, religious and civilisational...

  • June 16, 2018

    Europe’s Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment emerged in 18th century Europe and played an important role in changing the nature of its political, social and religious...

  • June 10, 2018

    Appropriating history

    In the 15th century when the movement of the Renaissance emerged in Italy, scholars who were its forerunners were termed humanists. Their main...

  • June 04, 2018

    Toynbee on civilisation

    In his monumental work, ‘A Study of history’, British historian Arnold J Toynbee surveyed 23 civilisations. Some of these civilisations...

  • May 28, 2018

    Spengler on mass culture

    When Spengler was writing his book the ‘Decline of the West’, published in 1918, he had plenty of material at his disposal. Archaeologists had...

  • May 21, 2018

    The lure of the city

    Oswald Spengler, a German historian, was working as a teacher at a school when the idea to write a book on the rise and fall of civilisations...

  • May 16, 2018

    The crumbling empire

    The history of the Roman Empire tends to fascinate European nations. They highly admire emperors and generals who defeated the so-called barbarian...

  • May 07, 2018

    On a decline?

    Generally, when historians analyse the process of decline of any society, it is necessary to compare it with the period of its rise, maturity and...

  • April 30, 2018

    Decline and bloodshed

    When a society undergoes a process of decline, the first sign of its weakness is the breakdown of political stability that culminates in disorder...

  • April 23, 2018

    Imperial decline: the end of empire

    Historians tend to measure the strength and significance of a nation on the basis of its conquest; military victories; and the number of people it...

  • April 15, 2018

    Signs of decline

    When a society – after it successfully fulfils its political, social and economic objectives – gradually begins to witness a period of decline,...

  • April 04, 2018

    The narrative of decline

    History provides a detailed record of the rise and fall of civilisations and nations. When readers goes through the story of the rise of a nation or...

  • March 25, 2018

    Lessons from the past

    There was a time when ancient civilisations either disappeared or were buried along with their grandeur and achievements. Credit ought to be given...

  • March 14, 2018

    The history of work

    Throughout history, the concept of work has changed according to the structuring and restructuring of society. In the earliest period of human...

  • March 03, 2018

    Sima Qian: China’s first great historian

    Before the unification of China, it territories were divided into a number of large and small states. The ruling dynasties of these states were...