Shamsur Rahman Faruqi
New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001
|With the author's full
permission, I am making this important work available
The calligraphic design above says "bab-e avval," or "First Part." It was most generously created by Adil Mansuri of New Jersey as one of *a set of chapter dividers for the book*.
This book is more or
less an English version of the author's earlier Urdu
work, Urdu ka ibtida'i zamanah: adabi tahzib o
tarikh ke pahlu (Karachi: Aj Ki Kitaben, 1999).
The two are not identical, however. The author was
able to add some new material at various points in the
English version. Original texts appear in the Urdu
version, of which only translations appear in the
English one. Here is *Chapter
One in the Urdu version*; also Chapters *Two*, *Three*, *Four*, *Five*, *Six*, *Seven*, *bibliography*, *index*.
Because of this book's
popularity, it was also brought out in a Hindi
edition: Urdu ka
arambhik yug (New Delhi: Rajkamal Prakashan,
2007). Here is *Chapter
One in the Hindi version*.
OUP brought out a new
edition of this book (2012). Here is *the author's correction sheet*
of changes to be made in the new edition.
For SRF's thoughts
about later Urdu literary history, see "Conflict, Transition, and Hesitant
Resolution: A Survey of Urdu Literature, 1850-1975)."
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