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A SERIOUS OMISSION IN HISTORY OF URDU LITERATURE - 2003-06-04

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Wednesday, 2003, June 4
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Should the history of Urdu literature be recast to focus the grand development of Ginan poetry of the Ismaili Pirs in the Punjab, Sindh and Gujrat in the 14th and 15th century? The historians have never failed to mention Hazrat Amir Khusro (d. 1324 AD) as the first Urdu or Hindvi poet, but when it comes to some Ismaili Pirs e.g. Pir Shamsuddin Sabzwari (1241-1356) Pir Sadruddin (1300-1416), Pir Hasan Kabiruddin (1341-1449) Pir Tajuddin (d. 1449) and Syed Imam Shah, (d. 1520), the historians of Urdu literature draw a blank forgetting that they have included Hazrat Masood Ganj Shakar, popularly known as Ganj Shakar, who died in 1265 - almost hundred years before Pir Shamsuddin as an old Urdu Poet.

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H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV

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