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Mehr Farooqi

Assistant Professor

Phone: 434-924-4643
Personal Website

PO Box 400781
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4781

Research Interests

Urdu literary criticism, History and Culture

Current projects include:

  • Urdu Literary Culture: Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari, book forthcoming from Palgrave-Macmillan and Oxford University Press-2012
  • The Development of Critical Writing as a Genre in Modern Urdu
  • Translations of the Quran and the Origins of Urdu Prose
  • Literate Cultures, Social Spaces and Artistic Networks: Interflows Between Capital and Region in Eighteenth Century India  


  • The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature, Volume One: Poetry and Prose Miscellany, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007
  • The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature, Volume Two: Fiction , New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007
  • Crafting Traditions:Documenting Trades and Crafts in Early Nineteenth Century North India , New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2004


  • "Literary Paradigms in the Conception of South Asian Muslim Identity: Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Hasan Askari,"Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, forthcoming Spring 2012
  • “Changing Literary Patterns in Eighteenth Century North India: Quranic Translation and the Development of Urdu Prose,” in Francesca Orsini (ed.), Before the Divide, Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture,New Delhi: Orient Blackswan,2010
  • “Towards A Prose of Ideas: An Introduction to the Critical Thought of Muhammad Hasan Askari,” in The Annual of Urdu Studies , No. 19, 2004, p. 175 – 190
  • “The Secret of Letters: Chronograms in Urdu Literary Culture,” in Edebiyat , vol. 13.2, November, 2003, p. 147-158


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Allahabad University
  • Master of Arts (MA), Allahabad University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Allahabad University