Mahmood Hasan Khan

What is “Good” Life?

In nature life is neither good nor bad since its only purpose is to survive and multiply. Competition and co-operation are the methods by which living organisms, including humans, try to fulfil this purpose. All life forms are both autonomous and interconnected; they are predators and…

Evolution of Organisms

After finishing high school in the early 1950s, I ended up studying for a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. One of the interesting subjects was about the breeding of plants and animals, at the core of which was the science of heredity. We learnt about the laws of…

My Favourite Polymath

My friend the late Arun Kumar Sen and I went to Paris in the fall of 1963 — it was my first visit to that grand city of the Gauls. In 3 or 4 days, we managed to see the major tourist sites, including the Louvre Museum…

Whither Afghanistan?

I am no futurologist. But I see more instability and turmoil in Afghanistan — sadly its people have had little peace or security in the last forty-five years. I can think of two reasons. First is the unrepentant and intransigent behaviour of the Taliban. Second is the effect…

Freedom to do Harm?

Who doesn’t love or like freedom? But it’s disgusting to see that a small number of self-appointed custodians of personal freedom, in the process of their demonstrations against health protocols and vaccinations, harassing, throwing slurs at, and even assaulting politicians, healthcare workers (doctors and nurses) and…

On Terrorism and Islamophobia

In recent decades much political and intellectual capital has been spent on global terrorism and Islamophobia in the West. Of these, historically speaking, terrorism is as old as the first human settlements. Islamophobia, on the other hand, is rooted in the first Christian crusade to recover…

Rumi is Relevant to All Ages

How? Well, read the Masnavi, Rumi’s book of spiritual poetry. But before I proceed with the Masnavi, I should say a few words about Maulana Rumi — Maulana means teacher.

Jalal-ud-din Muhammad was his given name at birth in the town of Vakhsh in…

Are the Old-Age Years Really “Golden”?

As a man almost in his mid-eighties, I am not sure about the answer. Why do we even use the term golden if by that we mean the happiest (best or better) years of one’s life? Are they really? They are certainly the twilight…

Some Thoughts on the Muslim Societies Today

The major causes of the predicament of Muslim societies today reside in their own history and in their contemporary social and political order. It is too simplistic, and a distorted view of reality, to lay the blame largely, if not entirely, on some…

Mahmood Hasan Khan

Retired professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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