August 2009 Archives

Urdu Reading Circle

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From Bali Sahota:

Everyone,

I would like to announce the inauguration of Halqah-yi Arbab-i Lasaniyat, an informal Urdu reading circle for the Fall semester 2009. We will meet every now and then to read works in Urdu and to converse about them in whichever language seems appropriate, but generally in Urdu itself. We will look at Urdu prose and poetry, and the focus for the coming semester will be Payam-e Mashriq (Message of the East) by Iqbal, which may appeal to students of Persian as well, as the edition we will be reading will contain both the Persian original and the Urdu translation on the facing page.

If you are interested, feel free to contact me about the readings, meeting times and locations. And please spread the word, as we hope to generate some more conversation, energy and interest in the study of this venerable, if not indeed formidable, literary tradition.

Best,
Bali Sahota
sahota@umn.edu

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - August 2009

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Below is a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in July 2009.

Poll on issues in Pakistan

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An interesting Gallup poll from Al Jazeera regarding number of foreign and domestic issues facing Pakistan:

http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2009/08/2009888238994769.html

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