Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai

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Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai (15 May 1917 – 15 January 2017) was an Ismaili Pakistani writer and poet, known for his work on Islam, Ismailism and the Burushaski language.

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1917 in Hyderabad, Hunza, to a Burushaski speaking religious family. In his early childhood, he was inclined towards the esoteric meanings of Islam. He was inspired by the preachings and teachings of Pir Nasir Khusraw.

Allamah Nasir was also a Sufi poet and writer. He has written numerous books on the topics of the Quran, Islam, Sufism, Isma'ilism and spirituality in general. His books have been translated into English, French, Swedish, Persian, Turkish and Gujarati. He is the first person to have a Diwan of poetry in Burushaski, his mother tongue, and is known as "Baba-i Burushaski" (Father of Burushaski) for his services to that language. He also composes poetry in three other languages: Urdu, Persian and Turkish. His contribution to spiritual science is widely recognised.

The former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf conferred upon Nasir al-Din Hunzai the award of Sitara-i-Imtiaz on 23 March 2001 in recognition of his outstanding services in the fields of literature and scholarship. He had been a pioneer in developing the first Burushaski-German dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany. He had worked with a group of volunteers from Gilgit-Baltistan in the development of the first Burushaski-English dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany.


Allamah Nasir died on 15 January 2017 in Texas, United States, at the age of 99.[1] He was buried 23 days later in his hometown of Hyderabad in Hunza.[2]


  1. ^ "Allama Nasir-al-Din Nasir Hunzai has passed away". Pamir Times. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  2. ^ Hunzai, Imran (2017-02-06). "Father of Burushaski language laid to rest in his hometown of Hyderabad, Hunza". GBee News. Retrieved 2017-02-06.

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