Syed Ehtisham Ahmed Nadvi

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Dr. Syed Ehtisham Ahmed Nadvi is one of the top authorities on the Arabic language and Islamic studies, specialising in Arabic Literary Criticism. He is the winner of the 1992 President's Award for Literature,[1] the author of scores of books on Arabic, Urdu and Persian literature. Most of the prescribed course books being taught in Indian universities have been authored by Dr. Nadvi.

Early life and education[edit]

Dr Nadvi was born in the village of Makhdoompur in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, India, into a well known family of Indian Muslim intelligentsia belonging to the Syed-Qidwai clan. Other members of this well-known clan include Ali Mian,[2] and numerous other luminaries.

He is a graduate of the Natwatul Ullom in Lucknow. He obtained his master's degree in Arabic from the Aligarh Muslim University, and subsequently his PhD from the same institution.

He was the Head for the Arabic Department in University of Calicut.


  1. ^ "What's New". University of Calicut. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Dr Shamshul Haq Alvi