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Prof. Finn Thiesen

Professor, Urdu Language and Literature, Oslo University, Norway

On Ibne Safi's Position in Urdu Literature...

Mushtaq Ahmed Qureshi, Editor Nae Ufaq!

I am glad to find out that you are going to publish a Special Issue on Ibne Safi. It is because in my opinion Ibne Safi still has not achieved the position in Urdu Literature that he really deserves. Or you can say that Urdu critics have not recognized his importance. Perhaps we should not be too sad on this because after all what could these critics do to harm Ibne Safi? Everyone knows Ibne Safi and is fond of reading him.

On Page 113 of "Raa'ee ka Parbut" Ibne Safi himself says,"Don't worry about what people think of you, always keep an eye on what you are!" We too, would not worry that the critics did not recognize Ibne Safi, we would keep an eye on what he himself was!

Yours,

Finn Thiesen

Professor Urdu language and Literature,

Oslo University, Norway.

 

FINN THIESEN

Finn Thiesen studied several Asian languages in various universities in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India before eventually taking his magister artium degree in Comparative Indo-European linguistics at the University of Copenhagen in 1976 (Thesis 'On the Phonetic Realisation of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals'). 1982-1991 he held a lecturership in Urdu at the University of Oslo, where since 1991 he has been Senior Lecturer in Iranian philology. His major work is A Manual of Classical Persian Prosody with Chapters on Urdu, Karakhanidic and Ottoman Prosody (1982). Among his articles may be mentioned 'Pseudo-Hafez: A Reading of Wilberforce Clarke's Rendering of Divan-e Hafez' in Orientalia Suecana (2002-2003), 'Telugu Loanwords and the Influence of Prehistoric Telugu on Indo-Aryan' in Per Aspera ad Asteriscos, Studia Indogermanica in Honorem Jens Elmegard Rasmussen (2004), 'Un Texte Intraduisible, le Cas Hafez' in Forum (2004), 'On the Meaning of the Terms Zahed and Zohd in Divan-e Hafez' in Dag Haug and Eirik Welo (eds.): Haptac Ahaptaitis: Festschrift for Fredrik Thordarson (2005). Together with Erling Kittelsen he has published a volume of Norwegian renderings of poems by Farrokhi, Rumi, Hafez, Hatef and Sohrab Sepehri: Fra Vinhus og Moske (2003). Dr Thiesen is presently working on a monograph 'Rhythm and Rhyme in Divan-e Hafez'.
 

 

 

 


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