Volume 26

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The AUS would like to thank Asghar Vassanwala for his generous gift of time and effort and the following for their monetary contributions to make this issue possible:


S. Kamal Abdali
American Federation of
     Muslims of Indian Origin
American Institute of Pakistan Studies
Sarosh Anwar
Baidar Bakht
Ian Bedford
A. Jalalzai
Harkabir Jandu
Nazir U. Khaja
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Khursheed A. Mallick
Tahira Naqvi
Christina Oesterheld
Geeta Patel
Allalghatta Pavan
Frances Pritchett
Mirza M. & Zia M. Rab
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Iqbal Sabuhi
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Moazzam Siddiqi
Bapsi Sidhwa
Laurel Steele

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Urdu Humanities Conference

Editor's Note
Conference Program

History Writing In Urdu: Hashmatu'l-Lah Khan, Kacho Sikandar Khan Sikandar, and the History of the Kargil District
Daniela Bredi

Sauda Sulaf: Urdu in the Two Versions of Sayyid Ahmad Khan's Asaru's-Sanadid
David Lelyveld

Maulana Husain Azad's Darbar-e Akbari: Some Preliminary Cultural and Sociological Notes
Halil Toker

Disappearing Treasures: Public Libraries and Urdu Printed Books
C.M. Naim

Humor and Satire: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial
Christina Oesterheld

9/11 and Urdu Literature: A Sociopolitical Study of Urdu Fiction and Poetry in Pakistan
Najeeba Arif

Urdu and Linguistics: A Fraught but Evolving Relationship
Elena Bashir

Divergent Trajectories of "Masjid-e Qurtuba": Iqbal's Imaginings and the Historical Life of the Monument
Riyaz Latif


Hindustani Language and Literature
Garcin De Tassy / Tr. by S. Kamal Abdali

Kala Pani: Tavarikh-e Ajib
Muhammad Jafar Thanesari / Tr. by S. Kamal Abdali


Five Poems
Amiq Hanafi / Tr. by Riyaz Latif

Six Poems
Kumar Pashi / Tr. by Ryaz Latif

Seven Poems
Qazi Salim / Tr. by Riyaz Latif


Urdu fiction from india

Urdu Fiction from India
Muhammad Umar Memon

The Saga of Jaanki Raman Pandey
Zakia Mashhadi / Tr. by Faruq Hassan & M.U. Memon

Two Old Kippers
Siddiq Alam / Tr. by M.U. Memon

The Pose
Anwar Khan / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Of Fists and Rubs
Ismat Chughtai / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Rajinder Singh Bedi / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Beyond the Fog
Qurratulain Hyder / Tr. by M.U. Memon

A Sheet
Salam Bin Razzaq / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Fable of a Severed Head
Sajid Rashid / Tr. by M.U. Memon














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