Abul Lais Siddiqui

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Abul Lais Siddiqui
Born15 June 1916[1]
Died7 September 1994(1994-09-07) (aged 78)[2]
Karachi, Pakistan
Alma materAligarh Muslim University
Known forUrdu literature and Linguistics
Scientific career
FieldsUrdu literature and Linguistics[2]
InstitutionsUniversity of Karachi
Doctoral advisorRasheed Ahmed Siddiqui
Doctoral studentsAslam Farrukhi, Abul Khair Kashfi, Farman Fatehpuri, Moinuddin Aqeel

Abul Lais Siddiqui (Urdu: ابو اللیث صدیقی) (15 June 1916 – 7 September 1994) was an author, researcher, critic, linguist and scholar of Urdu literature and linguistics from Pakistan.[1][2]


He remained associated with the University of Karachi as Professor and Chairman, Department of Urdu.[2] After retirement, he devoted his time to writing, guiding research, public speaking and media appearances. Siddiqui headed as Chief Editor the Urdu Lughat Board (The Board for Urdu Dictionary) from 1962 to 1984. During his period, Urdu Dictionary Board published its first six of 22 volumes.[2][3]


He earned his M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Urdu from the Aligarh Muslim University.[2] After migrating to Pakistan from India, he later went to London School of Oriental Studies and Columbia University for higher education in linguistics.[2] Siddiqui returned to Pakistan and first taught at University of the Punjab, Lahore and later at University of Karachi where he served as chairman of Urdu department for nearly 20 years and was promoted to the status of professor emeritus. He also supervised over 50 PhD dissertations at University of Karachi.[2]


He had a vast collection of critical and literary writing to his credit, including over 20 books:[2]

  • Raft-O-Bood (Future and Present) - an autobiography of Abul Lais Siddiqui with introduction by Moinuddin Aqeel, published by Idara-i-yadgar-i-Ghalib, Karachi[2]
  • Aaj Ka Urdu Adab[4]
  • Iqbal Aur Maslak-e-Tasawwuf[4]
  • Urdu Ki Adabi Tareekh Ka Khaka[4]


  1. ^ a b Urdu linguistics and Abul Lais Siddiqui Dawn (newspaper), Published 7 September 2009, Retrieved 6 May 2018
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rauf Parekh (25 December 2011). "Abul Lais Siddiqui: a life well-spent, well-written". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. ^ KARACHI: 20th volume of Lughat (dictionary) published Dawn (newspaper), Published 6 July 2005, Retrieved 6 May 2018
  4. ^ a b c Books by Abul Lais Siddiqui on rekhta.org website Retrieved 6 May 2018

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