Abul Khair Kashfi

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Abul Khair Kashfi (1932-2008)
Born19 February 1932
Died15 May 2008(2008-05-15) (aged 76)
ResidenceKarachi
NationalityFlag of Pakistan.svg Pakistani
CitizenshipFlag of Pakistan.svg Pakistani
Alma materUniversity of Karachi, Columbia University, NY
Known forUrdu literature and Linguistics
Scientific career
FieldsUrdu literature and Linguistics
InstitutionsUniversity of Karachi
Doctoral advisorAbul Lais Siddiqui

Muhammad Abul Khair Kashfi (Urdu: سید محمد ابو الخیر کشفی) was a Pakistani author, researcher, critic, linguist and scholar of Urdu literature and linguistics.

Career[edit]

He remained associated with the University of Karachi as Professor and Chairman in the Department of Urdu from 1958 to 1994.[citation needed] He was also a Visiting Professor at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan. After retirement Kashfi devoted his time to writing, guiding research, public speaking and media appearances.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Kashfi earned M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Urdu from the University of Karachi in 1952 and 1971 respectively. The title of his doctoral dissertation was "The Historical and Political background of Urdu Poetry from 1707 to 1857 A.C."[citation needed] He also earned a master's degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language from Teachers' College, Columbia University, in 1968.[citation needed]

Books[edit]

His publications include:

  • Hayat-e-Muhammadi: Quran-e-Majeed Ke Aaine Mayn ("The Life of Muhammad in the Mirror of the Qur’an"), Dada Bhai Foundation, Karachi.
  • Urdu Sha’iri Ka Siyasi Aur Tarikhi Pasmanzar ("The Political and Historical Background of Urdu Poetry"), Adabi Publishers, Karachi.
  • Hamare Ahed Ka Adab Aur Adeeb, Qamar Kitab Ghar, Karachi.
  • Jadeed Urdu Adab Ke Do Tanqecdi Jaezay ("Two Critical Studies of Modern Urdu Literarture"), Urdu Academy Sind, Karaclii.
  • Hamare Adabi Aur Lisani Masail ("Our Literary and Linguistic Problems"), Majlis-e-Matbuaat-o-Tahqiqaat-e-Urdu, Karachi.
  • Yeh Log Bhi Ghazab Thay, Feroze Sons Lahore.
  • Ghalib Ki Cheh Ghazlen ("Six Ghazals of Ghalib"), Urdu Academy Sindh, Karachi.
  • Maulana Room (R.A) Aur Unki Kahaniyan (Tales of Maulana Room), Majlis e Nashariat e Islam

Awards[edit]

  • Dawood Literary Award (1975), awarded for his book Urdu Sha’iri Ka Siyasi Aur Tarikhi Pasmanzar.
  • National Seerat Award (1991), awarded for his book Hayat-e-Muhammadi - Quran-e-Majeed Ke Aaine Mayn by the Government of Pakistan
  • Nishan-e-Azmat Award (1991)
  • Quaid-e-Azam Adbi Award (1993)

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