Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi

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Maulvi Deputy Nazir Ahmad
Born 1831
district bijnor, state up
Died 1912
Pen name Deputy Nazir Ahmad
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Indian
Period Mughal era, British Indian

Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi, also known as "Diptee" (Deputy) Nazir Ahmad (1831–1912), was an Urdu writer, social and religious reformer, and scholar.

He arranged his own marriage to Maulana Abdul Khaliq's grand daughter. After moving to many places he came to Jaloon (up). At that time his children (2 daughters and 1 son) were at the age to study. He wanted to find books for them but he was not able to find any book of his desire so he decided to write for them himself. He wrote Miratul Aroos and Muntakhibul Hakayat for his daughters and Chand Pand for his son. He started his practical life from Kunja Zila Gujrat. He was the first Urdu novel writer. At last stage he resign from Haydrabad Dakan. He spent all his life in Delhi.

Literary works[edit]

He was concerned with Muslim women's education, and their lot in general.[1] Most of his novels revolve around the idea of the perfect woman, who is both practical and learned, and are seen as guides for young girls.[2]

The Bride's Mirror has never been out of print in Urdu from that day of its first publication. In 1903 an English translation was published in London by G. E. Ward.[3]

Books for children[edit]

Qisay Kahaniyan ("Tales and Stories")

Zalim Bhariya ("Cruel Wolf")

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Naim, CM. Prize Winning Adab: A study of Five Urdu Books Writing in Response to the Allahbad Government Gazette Notification. University of California Press. pp. 290–314. 
  2. ^ Ahmad, Nazir (1903). The Bride's Mirror. 
  3. ^ Afterword to "The Bride's Mirror": The First Urdu Bestseller by Frances W. Pritchett

Books online[edit]

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