Abul Khair Kashfi

Abul Khair Kashfi

name = Abul Khair Kashfi

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pseudonym = Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi
birth_date = February 19, 1932
birth_place = Kanpur, British India
death_date = death date and age |2008|5|15|1932|2|19|df=yes
death_place = Karachi, Pakistan
residence = Karachi
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nationality = i
ethnicity = Muhajir
field = Urdu literature and Linguistics
work_institution = University of Karachi
alma_mater = University of Karachi, Columbia University, NY
doctoral_advisor = Abul Lais Siddiqui
doctoral_students = Prof. Dr. Tahira Nighat
known_for = Urdu literature and Linguistics
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religion = Sunni Islam
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Syed Muhammad Abul Khair Kashfi (Urdu: سید محمد ابو الخیر کشفی) was an author, researcher, critic, linguist and scholar of Urdu literature and linguistics from Pakistan.


He remained associated with the University of Karachi as Professor and Chairman, Department of Urdu from 1958 to 1994. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, Japan. After retirement Kashfi devoted his time to writing, guiding research, public speaking and media appearances.


Kashfi earned M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Urdu from the University of Karachi in 1952 and 1971 respectively. The Title of the Ph.D. thesis was "The Historical and Political background of Urdu Poetry from 1707 to 1857 A.C." In between he also earned a master's degree in Teaching of English as a Second Language from Teachers' college, Columbia University, NY (1968).


He has a vast collection of critical and literary writing to his credit which includes the following books:

# Hayat-e-Muhammadi - "Quran-e-Majeed Ke Aaine Mayn" (“The Life of Muhammad in the Mirror of the Qur’an”), Dada Bhai Foundation Karachi.
# Urdu Sha’iri Ka Siyasi Aur Tarikhi Pasmanzar - "1707 to 1857 A.C" (The Political and Historical Background of Urdu Poetry) Adabi Publishers, Karachi.
# Hamare Ahed Ka Adab Aur Adeeb, Qamar Kitab Ghar, Karachi.
# Jadeed Urdu Adab Ke Do Tanqecdi Jaezay (Two Critical Studies of Modern Urdu Literarture), Urdu Academy Sind, Karaclii.
# Hamare Adabi Aur Lisani Masail (“Our Literary and Linguistic Problems”), Majlis -e- Matbuaat -o- Tahqiqaat -e-Urdu, Karachi.
# Yeh Log Bhi Ghazab Thay (personality sketches), Feroze Sons Lahore.
# Ghalib Ki Cheh Ghazlen (“Six Ghazals of Ghalib), Urdu Academy Sindh, Karachi.


* Dawood Literary Award, (1975) Awarded for his book Urdu Sha’iri Ka Siyasi Aur Tarikhi Pasmanzar.
* National Seerat Award, (1991) Awarded for his book Hayat-e-Muhammadi - "Quran-e-Majeed Ke Aaine Mayn" by the Government of Pakistan
* Nishan-e-Azmat Award, (1991)
* Quaid-e-Azam Adbi Award, (1993)


* [http://www.dawn.com/weekly///books/archive/070610/books14.htm REVIEW: Not the trodden path]
* [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/books/archive/041212/books17.htm IN BRIEF: Aadmi aur Kitab]
* [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/books/archive/040222/books4.htm ARTICLES: Haiku — capturing beauty crisply]

External links

* [http://www.dawn.com/2008/05/16/top10.htm Eminent critic Kashfi dead - DAWN.com]
* [http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=112823 Dr Abul Khair Kashfi passes away - The News]
* [http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=116690 Dr Kashfi’s services to Urdu literature remembered]

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