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From Hindi to Urdu

Rahman, Tariq:
From Hindi to Urdu : a social and political history / Tariq Rahman. - New Delhi [u.a.] : Orient BlackSwan, 2011. - XIX, 456 S.
ISBN 978-81-250-4248-8
Rs. 695,00 (only for sale in India)
DDC: 491.43909; 306.44
In Pakistan erschienen unter dem Titel: From Hindi to Urdu : social and political history / Tariq Rahman. - Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2011. - XIX, 456 S. - ISBN 978-0-19-906313-0. - Rs. (Pak) 1095,00

A first of its kind, this book traces the political history and genealogy of Urdu. It also looks at the domains in which the language is used by both Hindus and Muslims of northern India. [Orient BlackSwan]

This book is the first of its kind on the socio-political history of Urdu. It analyses the historiography of the language—narratives about its names, linguistic ancestry, place of birth—and relates it to the politics of identity-construction among the Hindus and Muslims of India during the last two centuries. More importantly, a historical account of the use of Urdu in social domains such as employment, education, printing and publishing, radio, films and television etc. has been provided for the first time. These accounts are related to the expression of Hindu and Muslim identity-politics during the last two centuries.
    Evolution of Urdu from the language of the laity, both Hindus and Muslims, of the Indian subcontinent during the period between 15th–18th centuries to its standardization into two languages: Persianized Urdu and Sanskritized Hindi are highlighted here. The writer looks at narratives of the names, theories of genealogy and places of origin of the language in relation to the political imperatives of identity-politics of Hindus and Muslims during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In a nutshell, historiography is analyzed with reference to its political and ideological dimensions—and a fresh analysis regarding the linguistic history of Urdu is provided. [Oxford University Press]

Preface and Acknowledgements
Translation and Transliteration
Usage of Oriental Words in this Book
   1. Introduction
   2. Names
   3. Age
   4. Origins and Historiography
   5. Identity: The Islamization of Urdu
   6. Urdu as an Islamic Language
   7. Urdu as the Language of Love
   8. The British and Hindustani
   9. Urdu in the Princely States
   10. Urdu as the Language of Employment
   11. Urdu in Education
   12. Urdu in Print
   13. Urdu on the Radio
   14. Urdu on the Screen
   15. Conclusion

TARIQ RAHMAN is an HEC Distinguished National Professor of Sociolinguistic History and Professor Emeritus at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Qaid-E-Azam University, Islamabad. Homepage.

Quellen: Orient BlackSwan; Library of Congress; Oxford University Press (Pakistan)