From Hindi to Urdu: A Social and Political History

ISBN : 9780199403424

Tariq Rahman
350 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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This book is the first of its kind on the socio-political history of Urdu. It analyses the historiography of the language-narratives about its names, linguistic ancestry, place of birth-and relates it to the politics of identity-construction among the Hindus and Muslims of India during the last two centuries.


Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Note on Transliteration; 1 Introduction; 2 Names; 3 Age; 4 Origins and Historiography; 5 Identity: the Muslimisation of Urdu; 6 Urdu as an Islamic Language; 7 Urdu as an Amorous and Erotic Language; 8 The British and Hindustani; 9 Urdu in the Princely States; 10 Urdu in Education; 11 Urdu in Print; 12 Urdu on the Radio; 13 Urdu on the Screen; 14 Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the author: 

Tariq Rahman PhD is presently Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. He is also HEC Distinguished National Professor and Professor Emeritus at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Dr Rahman has been a guest professor in Denmark and Spain, and a Fulbright research scholar (1995-96) at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He was also the first incumbent of the Pakistan Chair at University of California, Berkeley (2004-05). He has been a research fellow at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies and the South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg. He is the recipient of several awards: the Presidential Pride of Performance (1994), HEC Lifetime Achievement Award, the highly prestigious Humboldt Research Award (2012) from Germany, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded a DLitt by the University of Sheffield for all of his published research.

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