The most surprising feature of The Reconstruction is the enthusiastic celebration of the perennial movement of the Self, in its exterior and interior dimensions. The endorsement of the changing and the empirical is said to be so characteristic of Islam as to be found in all its most authentic cultural expressions, from the critical vision of history in Ibn Khaldûn to the dynamic cosmology of the mystic Rûmî. And a similar impulse to movement is also said to be expressed in Islamic law whose flexibility Iqbal seeks to rediscover.
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