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Dr. Abul Khair Kashfi

Chairman, Department of Urdu, Karachi University

On Acceptance of Ibne Safi by Others

"I never hid Ibne Safi's Jasoosi Duniya in an envelope or in between the other books. Our "Intellectuals" used to consider it a substandard thing to do… but in those days they could not even collectively, compete my belligerence. If anyone ever asked why I read Ibne Safi, I used to forcefully reply," because Ibne Safi writes better language than the greatest of the novelists of your town." In those days, Muhammad Hasan Askari (a renowned critic of Urdu literature) was lamenting the dying art of Urdu prose. I gave them two or three novels of Ibne Safi. And then it so happened that every month he used to ask me, "Khair Saheb, is the new novel out yet?" The people I made to embrace Ibne Safi include Sarshar Siddiqi as well and he has admitted that in writing too. I discussed the importance of Ibne Safi with Professor Finn Theissen, a scholar from Norway, and he read several of Ibne Safi's novels during his stay in Karachi."

 

 


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