Yousuf Hussain Khan

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Yousuf Hussain Khan
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Left to right: Imteyaz Husain, Mahmud Hussain, Zakir Hussain, Yousuf Hussain and Masud Husain

Yousuf Hussain Khan (1902–1979), born in Hyderabad, India, was a noted historian, scholar, educationist, critic and author.[1] He mastered the languages of Arabic, English, French, Urdu, Hindi and Persian.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Hyderabad, India to a cultured and educated family, he was a younger brother of Zakir Hussain, the third president of India (1967–1969). He went to school in Etawah. In 1926, he gained his BA from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and in 1930 he gained his D Litt from the University of Paris, France.[1]


After returning from Paris in 1930, he assisted Maulvi Abdul Haq, to compile English-Urdu dictionary and translate some volumes of Science terminologies in Urdu.[1]

He joined Osmania University in 1930 as a lecturer and worked there until 1957 where he retired as a professor. He joined Aligarh Muslim University as a Pro-Vice Chancellor and worked there until 1965.[1]


Famous books[edit]

  • Ghalib aur ahang e Ghalib (1971)
  • Urdu gazals of Ghalib (1975)
  • Persian ghazals of Ghalib (1976)
  • Hafiz aur Iqbal (1976),

English books[edit]

  • The first Nizām; the life and times of Nizāmu'l-Mulk Āsaf Jāh I, (1963, brief family history, military career and rise up to Asif Jah I)[2]


For his book Hafiz aur Iqbal (1976), He had been awarded Sahitya Academy Award in the year 1978.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mohan Lal (1992–2006). The Encyclopaedia Of Indian Literature, Volume Five (Sasay To Zorgot). 5. sahitya academy. p. 4642. ISBN 81-260-1221-8. 
  2. ^ Yusuf Husain Khan (1963). The first Nizām; the life and times of Nizāmu'l-Mulk Āsaf Jāh I. Asia Publishing House.