Sulaiman Areeb

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Sulaiman Areeb (سليمان اريب) was an Urdu poet, who was born 1922 in Hyderabad, Hyderabad State. He was of Hadhrami Arab origin; his ancestors migrated from Hadramaut to Hyderabad. His father Sulaiman bin Abd al-Razzaq was Risaldar in Nizam's time. He was married twice, the second time to Safia Begum,[1] who herself was an Urdu teacher and writer. They had one son named Husain.

He started his literary career at an early age. Initially he wrote essays and short stories but later turned to writing poetry. He was one of the poets that came into prominence after the independence of India.[2]

He was editor and publisher of Saba (The Breeze) -a leading Urdu literary magazine of its time, which was established in 1955. It played an important role in popularizing modern literary trends and concepts.[3][4] It was discontinued after almost twenty years of its success and popularity because of his failing health due to cancer. He died in September 1972 after ailing for a long time.

He was one of the most active literary personalities of his time, during the days when Hyderabad was one of the important centres of learning in Urdu.

He was an active communist party member and also a leading member of the Progressive Writers Movement, and also a strong proponent of Telangana Rebellion along with other Urdu writers of Hyderabad.[5]

His poems have been translated into other languages, including English.[6]

Work and contribution[edit]

Pas-e-Gareban (Publication Hyderabad Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu 1961)

Hyderabad ke Sha'ir Vol II

Further reading[edit]

سليمان اريب ، شخصيت اور فن by Ghausīyah Sultāna,

Life and works of Sulaimān Arīb, 1922–1970, Urdu poet. Published 1999.


  1. ^ The emergence of socialist thought among North Indian Muslims, 1917-1947 - Page 308 by Khizar Humayun Ansari
  2. ^ Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature by Amaresh Datta, Mohan Lal
  3. ^ Indian Poetry Today - Page 394 by Indian Council for Cultural Relations 1974
  4. ^ Urdu Language and Literature: Critical Perspectives - Page 114 by Gopi Chand Narang, 1991
  5. ^ Glorious Telengana Armed Struggle - Page 150 by Raj Bahadur Gour
  6. ^ Poet By World Poetry Society 1976

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