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Extinguishing the Twilight of Medievalism: The New Imperative for Urdu Literary Discourses

Join us at T2F for a talk and conversation with Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq
Wednesday, 15th September 2010 | 6:30 pm

Dr. Nomanul HaqDr. Syed Nomanul Haq will speak about the new Urdu literary imperatives for the the critic and the scholar. Both as an intellectual thesis and as a mode of activism, he believes it is high time that the explication and cognition of Urdu literary expressions are re-mapped onto a global framework, placed in step with contemporary trends in world literature: that is, they need to break out of the medieval clamp. If this is not done, traditional explanations of, and commentaries on, Urdu literature will at best generate romance and nostalgia, but will have no relevance to the horizons of current day thought. Young people will continue to reject it, since its substantive gravity is lost on them due to the fact that critics present it in an esoteric idiom that uses archaic conceptual categories. The legacy will be swept away like the dwellings in Thatta!

“I want to reconstruct a Ghalib, and revisit an Iqbal, and read
anew a Faiz …”

About Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq

Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq, born in Karachi, Pakistan, is an international scholar and intellectual historian of Pakistani origin noted especially for his contributions to the fields of Islamic history and Islamic philosophy. Currently a senior faculty member at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Dr. Noman has, in his career spanning twenty years, gained widespread repute for his teaching, publications and editorial and research work on the history and philosophy of science, postmodern philosophy, history of religion, history of art and history of literature, for which he has won multiple prizes and awards.

Date: Wednesday, 15th September, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
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Venue: PeaceNiche | T2F
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Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.

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