Critical Review of Collections of Iqbal's Letters Compiled by Syed Muzaffar Hussain Barni

  • Dr Amir Iqbal Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu, University of Sialkot, Sialkot
  • Dr Sabeena Awais Awan Associate Professor, Department of Urdu, Govt. College Women University, Sialkot
Keywords: Iqbal, Iqbal Studies, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Barni, Literary Letters, Iqbal’s Letters, Research, Criticism, Compilation.


The work of research and criticism demands honesty and sincerity. The ideas of a thinker are preserved by editing his literary works. Syed Muzaffar Hussain Barni compiled Iqbal's letters which are considered as an important literary achievement because such letters always help the researchers to know about the literary trends of a particular era as well as the style and diction of the writer. There are both positive and negative critical opinions on his work. Compiling these letters was not an easy task. The scope of Iqbal's letters is very wide. It was very difficult to get them together. Mr.  Barni completed this difficult compilation that made an easy access to Iqbal's letters. The work was lengthy, so there are some mistakes as well which have been identified. Barni's level of this effort builds new avenues of research and criticism. This has widened the scope of Iqbal Studies.