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Shaping the Cannon of Urdu Poetry Ab-e hayat

Shaping the Cannon of Urdu Poetry Ab-e hayat
$34.50
Item Code: IDD657
Author: MUHAMMAD HUSAIN AZAD
Publisher: Oxford India Paperbacks
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 0195666348
Pages: 489
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.1" X 5.3"
About the Book:

Ab-e Hayat ('water of Life) (1880) by Muhammad Husain Azad (1830-1910) has been described as the 'most often reprinted, and most widely read, Urdu book of the past century. In this masterpiece, Azad sought to preserve the 'lost heaven' of the old Delhi culture, destroyed during the Rebellion ('Mutiny') of 1857, and to keep its memory alive in what was to become a British dominated future.
Ab-e hayat has been appreciated for its seductive prose, colorful anecdotes, and vivid word-portraits. It transports us to a bygone world in which the great names of classical Urdu literature come alive -Kahan-e-Arzu, Shah Hatim, Mirza Rafi' Sauda, Mir Taqi Mir, Ghalib, and Zauq. The combined scholarship of Pritchett and Faruqi, both renowned Urdu scholars, has resulted in this first-ever translation of a canon-shaping work. This volume makes delightful reading for anyone interested in Urdu literary culture, history, and poetry.

About the Author:

Frances W. Pritchett is Professor of Modern Indic Language in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi has held the Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Chair in the Faculty of Humanities at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Experts from Review:

'The principal merit of the book lies in the quality of the translation… Ab-e-hayat is a stylistic triumph.'

-The Book Review

'….the work remains a tour de force with its majestic survey of each era (Daur) of Urdu poetry. Frruqi's erudite introduction is unsparing it its criticism…placing both [Azad and his work] in the historical context.'

-A.G. Noorani, Frontline

Contents

Acknowledgements

How to Use This Translation

'Everybody Knows This Much…'

      Introduction by Frances W. Pritchett

Constructing a Literary History, a Canon, and a Theory of Poetry

      Introduction by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

AB-E HAYAT: Biographies of Urdu Poets Of Renown, and an Account of the Improvements and Reforms Made in the Urdu Language from Age to Age:
INTRODUCTION (#1-5#)

THE HISTORY OF THE URDU LANGUAGE (#6-25#)

WHEN PERSIAN INTERED INTO BRAJ BHASHA,
What Effects It Created, and What Hope There Is for the Future (#25-63#)

THE HISTORY OF URDU POETRY (#64-80#)

THE FIRST ERA OF AB-E HAYAT,
In which Vali and his accomplished contemporaries are seated together in assembly (#81-105#)

      'Vali'-- #83-91#
      Shah Mubarak 'Abru'-- #91-95#
      Shaiksh Sharfuddin 'Mazmun'-- #96-97#
      Muhammad Shakir 'Naji-- #97-100# Muhammad Ahsan 'Ashan'-- #100-101# Ghulam Mustafa Khan 'Yarkrang'-- #101-105#
THE SECOND ERA OF AB-E HAYAT
Shah Hatim, Khan-e Arzu, Fughan (#106-122) #
      Shaikh Zahur ud-Din, Shah 'Hatim'-- #107-115#
      Siraj ud-Din Ali Khan-e 'Arzu'-- #115-117#
      Ashraf Ali Khan-e 'Fughan-- #117-121#
THE THIRD ERA OF AB-E HAYAT:
Mirza Mazhar Jan Janan, Mir Soz, Mir Tzqi, Mirza Rafi Sauda, Khvajah Mir Dard (#123-220#)
      Part One
          Mirza 'Mazhar' Jan-e janan-- #130-132, 134-141#
          Mir Abdul-hayy 'Taban-- #132-134, 140-141#
      Part Two
          Mirza Rafi 'Sauda'-- #141-172#
      Part Three
          Mir 'Zahak'-- #172-175#
          Khvajah mir 'Dard'-- #175-184#
          Sayyid Muhammad Mir 'Soz'-- #184-193#
      Part Four
          Mir, Mir Taqi-- #194-220#
THE FOURTH ERA OF AB-E HAYAT
Mushafi, Sayyid Insha, Jurat (#221-323#)
      Part One
          Shaikh Qalandar Bakhsh 'jurat'-- #225-241#
          Mir 'Hasan'-- #241-246#
      Part Two
          Sayyid 'Insha'-- #247-269#
      Part Three
          Sayyid 'Insha' (Concluded)-- #269-295#
      Part Four
          Shaikh Ghulam Hamadant 'Mushafi'-- #295-323#
THE FIFTH ERA OF AB-E HAYAT:
Nasikh, Atash, Shah Nasir, Momin, Zauq, Ghalib (#325-526#)
      Part One
          Shaikh Imam Bakhsh 'Nasikh'-- #327-339#
      Part Two
          Shaikh Imam Bakhsh 'Nasikh' (Conclude)-- #339-363#
      Part Three
          Mir Mustahsan 'Khaliq'-- #364-372#
          Khvajah Haidar Ali 'Atash-- #372-387#
      Part Four
          Shah 'Nasir'-- #387-404#
      Part Five
          Momin Khan 'Momin'-- #303-419#
      Part Six
          Shaikh Ibrahim 'Zauz'-- #420-442#
      Part Seven
          Shaikh Ibrahim 'Zauq' (Continude)-- #442-457#
      Part Eight
          Shaikh Ibrahim 'Zauq' (Concluded)-- #457-481#
      Part Nine
          Mirza Asadullah Khan 'Ghalib'-- #481-499#
      Part Ten
          Mirza Asadullah Khan 'Ghalib' (Concluded)-- #499-515#
      Part Eleven
          Mirza Salamat Ali 'Dabir'-- #515-519#
          Mirza Babbar Ali 'Anis--#519-526#
THE CONCLUSION OF AB-E HAYAT:The free (azad) servant, Muhammad Husain (#526-528#)

Bibliography

Index of Authors and Works

Index of Literary Terms

General Index Of References

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