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Book Launch

When: Monday, April 25, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

Where: Norris University Center, Norris 206 Arch Room, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures   847.491.5288

Group: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Category: Multicultural & Diversity


About the book

This dictionary is mainly for English-speaking learners of Urdu: it aims to give concise definitions of the vocabulary an English-speaking person would need to communicate effectively with Urdu speakers. However, Hindi-speakers wishing to improve their Urdu vocabulary will also find this dictionary useful.

Guest Speaker: Professor Walter N. Hakala, University at Buffalo
Professor Hakala is interested in the Literature and languages of North India and Central Asia; lexicography; Mughal and early colonial South Asian history; South Asian Islam and Sufism. Professor Hakala will give a lecture “The Right to Define: A Tale of Two Dictionaries”. In this lecture he speaks about Chiranji Lal, the author of an important 19th-century Urdu dictionary. Today, however, Chiranji’s useful dictionary has been all but forgotten while the contemporaneous Farhang-i Asafiyah of Sayyid Ahmad Dihlavi is celebrated. In the midst of the increasingly communalized linguistic environment of late-nineteenth-century northern India, Hindu lexicographers like Chiranji could no longer fit neatly into the emerging Urdu literary culture.

Sponsored by Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Asian Studies Program.

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