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15 December 1917|
Delhi, British India
|Died||11 October 2005
|Occupation||Urdu poet, writer, lexicographer|
|Notable awards||Tamgha-e-Quaid-i-Azam, Sitara-e-Imtiaz|
|Spouse||Begum Salma Haqqee|
Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee (Urdu: شان الحق حقی), Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Quaid-i-Azam, was a notable Urdu poet, writer, journalist, broadcaster, translator, critic, researcher, linguist and lexicographer of Pakistan.
Born in Delhi, Haqqee acquired his BA from Aligarh Muslim University. He obtained a Master's in English literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. His father, Ehtashamuddin Haqqee, wrote short stories, a study of Hafez, Tarjuman-ul-Ghaib, a translation of Diwan-i-Hafiz in verse and compiled a dictionary.
Contribution to Urdu
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Haqqee published two anthologies of poems, Tar-i-Pairahan (1957) and Harf-i-Dilras (1979). He also published ghazals under the title, Dil ki Zaban.
His other publications include:
- Naqd-o-Nigarish (a work of literary criticism)
- Shaakhsaanay (Short Stories)
- Maqam-e-Ghazal (edited work of Hafiz Hoshiarpuri)
- Bhagvad Gita (Urdu translation)
- Darpan Darpan (translated poetry from various languages)
- Lisani Masail-o-Lataif
- Nazr-e-Khusro Pahelian Keh Mukarniyan
- Nok Jhonk
- Suhaanay Taraanay
- Phool Khilay Hain Rung Birnagay
- Anjaan Rahi (translation of Jack Shaffer's novel Shane)
- Teesri Duniya (translation of essays on politics and economy)
- Soor-i-Israfeel (translation of Bengali poet Qazi Nazrul Islam)
- Khayabaan-e-Pak (anthology of Pakistan's folk poetry of about 40 poets)
He also wrote other genres of poetry, such as Peheylian, Kehmukarnian, and Qitat-i-Tareekhi.
As a lexicographer
In addition to his regular professional duties, he remained associated with the Urdu Dictionary Board for 17 years from 1958 to 1975, compiling a 22-volume dictionary. He compiled two other dictionaries. Farhang-e-Talaffuz is a pronouncing dictionary of Urdu published by the National Language Authority. The Oxford English-Urdu Dictionary is a translation of the eighth and ninth editions of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
In addition to libraries in South Asia, some of Haqqee's books are found in the Library of Congress and the University of Toronto Library.
He died from complications of lung cancer in Mississauga, Canada while under his daughter's care on 11 October 2005. He was 87. Haqqee left five sons and one daughter. Like his wife, teacher Salma Haqqee, who died exactly two years earlier, he was buried in Mississauga, Canada.