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The Muslim Society

a poem in Hindi-miyaan tiyaan

Tariq Amhed Siddiqui is an independent writer and translator. His writings can be accessed at www.derayat.com Here is an audio rendering of his poem “miyaaN TiyaaN” http://indianmuslims.in/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/miyan-tiyan.mp3

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A film on the contribution of Indian Muslims

A film produced by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

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Scent in an Islamic Garden

‘Scent is the food of the soul, and the soul is the vehicle of the faculties of man.’ –Hadith attributed to the Prophet of Islam One has heard of literary history, social history, to some extent even economic history culled … Continue reading

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In praise of paan

dekhna ai “Zauq” honge aaj phir laakhoN ke khooN phir jamaaya us ne laal-e-lab pe laakha paan kaa — Zauq Paan is almost as old as India itself. Ameer Khusro in his book “ijaaz-e-khusravi” gives some qualities of paan. 1. … Continue reading

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Jaan hai to jahaan hai – Urdu expressions

There are some expressions that have become part of our language, so much so that very few of us know the origin or even the full couplet where they come from. Muhammad Ramzan Abdul Shakoor has made it easy for … Continue reading

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Begum Roquia: the first Indian woman sci-fi writer

Sultana’s Dream a science-fiction was first published in 1905 making it probably the first Indian sci-fi work. It is a short story written by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain. Begum Roquia was born in 1880 at Rangpur which is now in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Whose Urdu is it anyway?

Urdu has an identity crisis in India -is it an Indian language or just a Muslim language? Liberals will claim that it is a secular language and list names of non-Muslim writers and poets who are still counted among the … Continue reading

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Wali Gujarati: Father of Urdu poetry

Wali Gujarati [1667-1707] is considered father of Urdu poetry. While we all know the respect Ghalib paid to Meer few of us know what Meer Taqi Meer said about Wali: Khugar nahin kuch yun hi hum Rekhta-goi kay Mashooq jo … Continue reading

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Baul sangeet

A single string of “ektara” and powerful words Baul singers for hundreds of years have spread the message of love and spirituality in Bengal. A Baul singer, photo by Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

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Qawwali muqabila

Qawwali originated in dargahs and remains closely associated with it but there is a whole world of Qawwali that exists outside the dargahs, no I am not talking about Bollywood Qawwalis. Qawwali muqabilas are popular in small towns and usually … Continue reading

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