Jaun Elia

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Jaun Elia
Native name
جون ایلیا
Born(1931-12-14)14 December 1931
Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, British India
Died8 November 2002(2002-11-08) (aged 70)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationUrdu Poet, scholar philosopher
EducationPhilosopher, biographer, and scholar
GenreGhazal poetry
Notable worksShayad, Yani, Lekin, Gumman, Goya, Farnod
ChildrenZeryoun Elia, Fainaana Farnaam, Sohaina Elia

Jaun Elia (Urdu: جون ایلیا‎, 14 December 1931 – 8 November 2002) was a Pakistani progressive Marxist[1] Urdu poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of Rais Amrohvi and Syed Muhammad Taqi, who were journalists and psychoanalysts. He was fluent in Urdu, Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew. One of the most prominent modern Pakistani poets, popular for his unconventional ways,[2] he "acquired knowledge of philosophy, logic, Islamic history, the Muslim Sufi tradition, Muslim religious sciences, Western literature, and Kabbala."[3]

Early life[edit]

Jaun Elia was born on 14 December 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, India.[4] He was the youngest of his siblings. Rais Amrohvi was his elder brother. His father, Shafiq Hasan Elia, worked in art and literature. Shafiq was also an astrologer and a poet.[5] Indian film director Kamal Amrohi was his first cousin.[6]

During his youth, Pakistan became an independent Muslim state. Being a communist, Elia was averse to the idea, but finally accepted it as a compromise.[7] He migrated to Pakistan in 1957, and decided to live in Karachi. Poet Pirzada Qasim said:

Jaun was very particular about language. While his diction is rooted in the classical tradition, he touches on new subjects. He remained in quest of an ideal all his life. Unable to find the ideal eventually, he became angry and frustrated. He felt, perhaps with reason, that he had squandered his talent.[8]

Religious view[edit]

Jaun Elia was a Atheist.[9]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Ya'ani (2003)
  • Gumaan (2004)
  • Lekin (2006)
  • Goyaa (2008)
  • shaa'yad
  • Ramooz

Inshaye aur Mazaameen[edit]

  • Farnood (published by Khalid Ahmed Ansari)

Prose work (mainly translations)[edit]

Elia was not just a poet but was also an editor and a translator, especially of old Sufi, Mutazili and Ismaili treatises.

Above are some of his translations from Arabic and Persian. Not only did he translate these books but also introduced several new words in Urdu language.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jaun Elia: A Communist Poet Who Found Religion and Marxism Compatible". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ "Ghazals of Jaun Eliya | Rekhta". Rekhta. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  3. ^ "Urdu poet Jaun Elia remembered on 10th death anniversary". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  4. ^ "In search of Jaun Elia". The Tribune , India.
  5. ^ "Ghazals of Jaun Eliya | Rekhta". Rekhta. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  6. ^ Manzoor Kureshi (4 April 2014). "In the name of father". Dawn. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Ghazals of Jaun Eliya | Rekhta". Rekhta. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  8. ^ Samiuddin, Abida (2007). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Urdu Literature (2 Vols. Set). Global Vision Publishing. p. 201. ISBN 9788182201910.
  9. ^ "Who would kill Jaun Elia? - TNS - The News on Sunday". TNS - The News on Sunday. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  10. ^ "Jaun Elia - An anarchist, a nihilist and a poet - Pakistan - Dunya News". Retrieved 2016-07-15.

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