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Latest Issue of Bunyaad Makes Waves in Literary Circles!

May 25, 2012

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The latest issue of Bunyaad (Vol. 2, No. 2) has been making waves in the literary circles since it came out. It includes articles by established literary personalities including Tabassum Kashmiri, Mahmood-ul-Hasan Bazmi, Dr. Zia-ul-Hasan and Raza Rumi.

The topics of these articles range from Mir Taqi Mir’s poetry (the text of a lecture on Mir by Shamsur Rahman Faruqi) and the initial period of Urdu research with a special reference to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, to Josh’s revolutionary poetry and the evolution in the poetics of Faiz. The issue also includes a rare translation of a short story of Arthur Conan Doyle by Manto. An article on Bulhe Shah’s poetry and one on the philological analysis of the word “ghazal” in the Arabic literary tradition also make an interesting read.

The issue opens with an excellent critical appraisal by the renowned Urdu scholar Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (India) on the poetic tradition of Mir Taqi Mir. He expresses his happiness that Mir is being read and reviewed more now, as compared to past. In his article, he also debates why Mir's name does not attract the same passion, as Ghalib's. 

Dr. Tabassum Kashmiri (Government College University, Lahore), very grippingly analyses Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as one of the greatest critics of Urdu literature as far as the initial era of Urdu criticism is concerned. 

Mubeen Mirza (Academy Bazyaft, Karachi) has contributed an interesting critical essay on Josh, a revolutionary poet, who has also written extensively on romance and nature. He analyses Josh as one of the few writers, whose revolutionary writing included moving slogans and displayed beliefs developed after reasoning and assessing the environment he lived in.

In his editorial, the Chief Editor, Syed Nomalul Haq states that as a scholarly journal published by an academic institution, Bunyaad must take up the responsibility to train, encourage and promote young writers. Hence, this latest issue of the journal contains research articles by several young scholars in the field. It is hoped that this trend of preparing and encouraging young researchers in the field of Urdu studies will continue.

Bunyaad is a one-of-its-kind, Urdu journal, published by the Gurmani Centre for Languages and Literature at LUMS. It carries articles related to Urdu language and literature and also includes essays related to Arabic and Persian as well as regional languages of Pakistan.