THE GREAT MYSTERY WRITER
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!
Professor Urdu language and Literature,
Oslo University, Norway.
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'.
Copyright © 2005 Mohammad Hanif