of Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's work in English
*THE DATELIST OF URDU LITERARY
collaborative online resource maintained by Sean
Pue, SRF, and FWP.
=A set of three
pieces in The Beacon (spring 2020),
particularly recommended by SRF (to Nikhil Kumar):
1) 'Conversation without maps';
2) 'Mir in Chandigarh'; 3) 'Urdu writing over two centuries
on nation, history, culture'.
ma'ni, isti'arah" (Theme, Meaning, Metaphor),
*in Urdu*, delivered as a talk at Aligarh in March
="Dastan-e-Shamsur Rahman Faruqi,"
by Nikhil Kumar, from Caravan, April 1,
2019. A longer version of the article, provided by
the author: on this site. The author also
posted on his blog a memorial tribute to SRF
in a Name?," some thoughts about the renaming
of Allahabad which appeared in a slightly edited
form in the online Indian Express, October 28, 2018
informal thoughts about meter, especially the
difference between Urdu and English meter, October
=SRF on his childhood reading,
in response to questions from Carla Petievich, Sept.
="The Marginalized Muslim," an
article, March 2017; published in a modified form in
The Indian Express, Apr. 5,
="Urdu Writing over Two Centuries on
Nation, History, Culture: 1800-2017", keynote
address, Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu (Hind), New Delhi,
March 15, 2018
thoughts on Dakani in reply to queries,
provided by SRF, Feb. 2018
=An interview about Naiyar Mas'ud,
for FountainInk, August 2017
="On Reading Ghalib with Western
Eyes", draft of an article forthcoming in a
collection to be edited by Mazhar Mehdi, 2017
World," an interview by Aasim Akhtar, The News
on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015; also *on this site*
=A foreword to "Delhi:
Pages from a Forgotten History," by Arthur
Dudney (Hay House India, 2015)
=An interview on translation by
Trisha Gupta for Scroll.in, Mar. 25, 2015
of Faruqi," a short film by Headlines Today,
Dec. 27, 2014
a video interview by Mahmood Farooqui, June
="The Name and Nature
of a Language: Would Urdu by any other Name Smell
as Sweet?", keynote address at a conference on
India's composite culture, March 7, 2014
=An interview by LiveMint,
Nov. 15, 2014
Beginnings," a video interview by Mahmood
Farooqi, July 5, 2013
Mirror of Beauty, spring/summer 2013 and
beyond, email interviews and other material:
Shah*, also on the NYT
India website; *with
Sivapriya, of Penguin Books*; *with Smitha
Verma, of The Telegraph*; *with
Alankrita, of First City*; *with Jeff
Tompkins, of the Asia Society* (and here's his
official version on his
Asia Society blog); *with
Asif Farrukhi*, in Dawn, Sept. 15,
2013, along with a discussion
by Mehr Afshan Farooqi, SRF's daughter; *with Mahmood
Farooqui*, for Libas International,
Lahore; *with Albeena
Shakil and Promodini Varma* of Delhi
University, for a forthcoming book, Apr. 2014; an
overview of his translation
theory for the novel, Feb. 2018
Faruqi, May 2013," a personal account in the
=A video of an Urdu
adab ki sachchi triveni," Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies, Feb. 28, 2013
Document," Outlook India, Jan. 31,
2013; a review of Maargir by Bashir
Sakhavarz; also *on this site*
="Translating Difficulties," a
paper for a translation workshop, Jamia Millia
Islamia, Mar. 20, 2012
Jan. 7, 2012; an excerpt from the author's novel The
Mirror of Beauty.
Ibn-e Safi*, two email interviews, May 7, 2011
="The Truths of
Fictions", Ahmed Ali Memorial Lecture, Jamia
Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Feb. 23, 2011
="Zauq o shauq",
by Iqbal, trans. from the Urdu by SRF for a talk at
the Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville, Sept. 24th,
="The Satires of Sauda
(1706-1781)", September 2010
="The Meaning of
Poetry in Our Lives Today", inaugural lecture
at the Thunchan Festival, Tirur, Kerala, Feb. 4,
="The Novel in the
Twenty-first Century, Text and Context",
Allahabad University, Dec. 1, 2009
Novel and the Historical Narrative", Jamia
Millia, New Delhi, Nov. 16, 2009
="The Need for
a New and Comprehensive Persian Literary Theory",
inaugural address at the Conference on Modern
Persian Literature in the 20th Century, Aligarh
Muslim University, Aligarh, Aug. 18, 2009
="The Truths of
Fictions", Gopinath Mohanty Memorial Lecture,
Bhubaneswar, April 20, 2009
Culture: The Syncretic Tradition", the keynote
address at the Shibli Academy, Azamgarh, Dec. 17,
="Mr Keats (if that be his
real name)...", an old essay that the author
recently found among his papers
an essay, 2008
="Burning Rage, Icy
Scorn: The Poetry of Ja'far Zatalli", a talk
at the University of Texas, Austin, Sept. 24, 2008
="A Modest Plea:
Please, Could We Have A Proper History of Urdu
Literature?", the keynote address at "UrduFest
2008," University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
Sept. 12-13, 2008
="Five (or More) Ways
for a Poet to Imitate Other Poets; or, Imitation
in Sabk-i Hindi," May 2008
Culture: the Syncretic Tradition," a seminar
paper, Nov. 2007
a draft of an encyclopedia article, Sept. 2007
="Urdu and Persian
Literature in Allahabad," an essay, Aug. 2007
="My Writing Space,"
a brief description with a drawing, July 2007
=How to Read Iqbal?
Essays on Iqbal, Urdu Poetry, and Literary Theory.
Compiled and edited by Muhammad Suheyl Umar. Lahore:
Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2007.
[Mulaqat], by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, a translation
from the Urdu by SRF.
Antiquary to Social Revolutionary: Syed Ahmad Khan
and the Colonial Experience." DRAFT text of
the annual Sir Syed Memorial Lecture, Aligarh Muslim
University, 2006, provided by the author
Khan Ghalib: Preface to Sayyid Ahmad Khan's
edition of the A'in-e Akbari
(1855-56)." A translation from the Persian by
S. R. Faruqi, 2006.
Road: Essays in Urdu Literary Theory and Criticism.
Allahabad: Laburnum Press, 2005. [A collection of
many scattered pieces composed over the previous 25
Nation." A talk at Jamia Millia Islamia
University, New Delhi, Sept. 20, 2005.
="Primary Lesson in
Poetry." Annual of Urdu Studies 20
="How To Read Iqbal."
Annual of Urdu Studies 20 (2005):1-33. The
author has also provided his own earlier draft.
And here's an easily printable version, with
and original Urdu verse texts.
="A Stranger In The City: The
Poetics of Sabk-i Hindi." The author's
own version; the article also appeared in the Annual
of Urdu Studies 19 (2004).
Poet in the Poem; or, Veiling the Utterance."
From A Wilderness of Possibilities: Urdu Studies
in Transnational Perspective (a festschrift
in honor of C. M. Naim). Pp. 173-191. Ed. by Kathryn
Hansen and David Lelyveld. New Delhi: Oxford
University Press, 2005. What is available here is a
DRAFT version, in PDF format, rather than the final
"Strategy for the
Survival of Urdu in India Through School Education."
The Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture, India
International Centre, Feb. 2004, published in the
Annual of Urdu Studies 21 (2006).
="A Long History of
Urdu Literary Culture, Part 1." Literary
Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South
Asia. Sheldon Pollock, ed. Berkeley:
University of California Press, 2003. This is a
late-stage draft version.
Power Politics of Culture: Akbar Ilahabadi and the
Changing Order of Things." Presented as the
fourteenth Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture, at Zakir
Husain College, New Delhi, January 2002. The talk
was published in Think India 6,1 (
Jan.-Mar 2003). The author's Urdu version of the
talk was published in Shabkhun 258 (July
2002):27-40. Here is the version published by Zakir Husain
College, with original text citations in Urdu script and in Devanagari script.
=The Colour of
Black Flowers: Selected Poems of Shamsur Rahman
Faruqi. Trans. by Baidar Bakht, Leslie
Lavigne, and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. Karachi: City
= Early Urdu Literary Culture and
History. New Delhi: Oxford University
= Ab-e Hayat: Shaping the
Canon of Urdu Poetry. By Muhammad
Husain Azad . Translated, edited, and
introduced by F. W. Pritchett and S. R. Faruqi. New
Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001. xv, 474 p.
from Iqbal (Urdu)." SRF's list of Iqbal's best
poems, with page numbers in the Kulliyat
of Love, Love of Conventions: Urdu Love Poetry in
the Eighteenth Century." Annual of Urdu
Studies 14 (1999), pp. 3-32. The author has
also provided here a LATER
version, in PDF format, incorporating final
changes that he wished to make.
Power: The Strange Case of Persian (and Urdu) in
Nineteenth-Century India." Annual of Urdu
Studies 13 (1998), pp. 3-30.
Samman Award Acceptance Speech." Annual of
Urdu Studies 13 (1998).
with Shamsur Rahman Faruqi" by Prem Kumar
Nazar. Annual of Urdu Studies 13 (1998).
Coherence: Notional, Real, and Necessary
Connections in Poems of Two Lines." A handout
from a talk given at Penn on Oct. 8, 1997.
="Constructing a Literary History, a
Canon, and a Theory of Poetry: Ab-e Hayat
(1880) by Muhammad Husain Azad." In Social
Scientist 23, 269-71 (1995), "Literary
History, Region, and Nation in South Asia." Guest
editor: Sheldon Pollock. (This is basically his
introductory essay to Ab-e Hayat.)
Problem of Urdu in India--Political or
Existential?: An Interview with S. R. Faruqi."
Interviewer: Ather Farouqui. Trans. by M. U. Memon.
Annual of Urdu Studies 10 (1995), pp.
=The Shadow of a Bird in Flight:
A Collection of Persian Verses. Trans.
by S. R. Faruqi. New Delhi: Rupa and Co., 1994. A
more elegant PDF created by Javed Hussen is
In Ratna Sahai, ed., Muslims in India
(New Delhi: Folio, ), pp. 35-37.
a flood of tears: ‘Make it new’."
A handout from a talk given first at the Univ. of
Chicago in April 1990, then at Penn in 1994. Here is
a recording of THE CHICAGO TALK
itself, introduced by C. M. Naim.
="Lyric Poetry in Urdu: the Ghazal,"
by S. R. Faruqi and F. W. Pritchett. Delos
3,3-4 (Winter 1991):7-12.
Game: Poems by Saqi Farooqi. Translations from
the Urdu of 35 poems by the modern Pakistani-British
poet Saqi Farooqi, and an introduction, by F. W.
Pritchett; with poems selected and a general
introduction by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. London:
Lokamaya Press, 1987. 86 p. Second edition: London:
Highgate Poets, 2001.
introduction to Selected Poems of Balraj Komal,
trans. by Baidar Bakht and Leslie Lavigne, Toronto,
="Conflict, Transition, and Hesitant
Resolution: A Survey of Urdu Literature, 1850-1975."
New York, 1989; for publication in K. M. George,
ed., Modern Indian Literature.
=Some informal study
materials on mazmuns: "Love changes the
lover's appearance" and "The beloved's stature
as a cypress," 1988
=Urdu ki na'i kitab:
navin jama'at ke liye. New Delhi:
National Council of Educational Research and
="Some Aspects of the Theory of
Translation," December 1986.
and the Classical Ghazal" (an Urdu essay by S.
R. Faruqi). Trans. by F. W. Pritchett in
collaboration with the author. The Indian
Literary Review 4,1 (January 1986):59-64.
(trans. of a poem by N. M. Rashid). Trans. by S. R.
Faruqi and F. W. Pritchett. Annual of Urdu
Studies 5 (1985):20-21. This number of the Annual
is now available online through DSAL.
=A recitation by
SRF of Iqbal's "Masjid-e
Qurtuba"; privately recorded, Delhi, 1984.
Poetry in Urdu: Ghazal and Nazm." By S.
R. Faruqi and F. W. Pritchett. In "The Lyric
in India," ed. by Richard Williams, special number,
Journal of South Asian Literature 19,2
="‘The Vile World Carnival’: A
Shahr-ashob by Nazir Akbarabadi." Trans.
by S. R. Faruqi and F. W. Pritchett. Annual of
Urdu Studies 4 (1984):24-35. This number of
the Annual is now also available online
="‘In the Presence of the
Nightingale’: A Shahr-ashob by Jur’at." Trans.
by S. R. Faruqi and F. W. Pritchett. Annual of
Urdu Studies 3 (1983):1-9. Also available
online through DSAL.
= "Jur’at’s Shahr-ashob: An Afterword."
Annual of Urdu Studies 3 (1983), pp. 11-16.
= "Urdu ghazal ke chand masa'il."
A talk *in Urdu* for the First Canadian Urdu
Conference, Toronto, September 1982, in SRF's own
Mirror: Essays on Urdu Poetry. Delhi: Academic
Literature, 1981. Online here: "Expression of the Indo-Muslim Mind
in Urdu Ghazal," pp. 11-33; "Ghalib, the Difficult Poet,"
pp. 34-50; "A Ghazal by Ghalib," pp.
119-139; "A Ghazal of Zafar Iqbal," pp.
="Expression of the
Indo-Muslim Mind in Urdu Ghazal." Studies in the
Urdu Gazal and Prose Fiction, ed. Muhammad
Umar Memon. Madison: South Asia Center, University
of Wisconsin at Madison, 1979. Pp. 1-23.