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Unwan Chishti
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Unwan Chishti


Unwan Chishti was born Iftikharul Hasan on 5 February 1937 in Manglaur, District Haridwar, Uttarakhand. He was the son of Pirzadah Shah Anwarul Hasan Anwar Manglauri. He completed his early education in Manglaur and Muzaffarnagar. After his graduation he got his M.A. (Geography) (1961), M.A. (Urdu) (1963), M.Litt. (1968), and Ph.D. (1973) Degrees. He worked as a lecturer in Shoaib Mohammadia College in Agra before joining Jamia Millia Islamia on 15 September 1964. He taught Urdu and rose to be the Head of Urdu Department, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi; he retired in 1997 as Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Languages.

He was an Urdu Poet, a Critic and an Historian of Urdu Literature, and has many books to his credit. He was the disciple of Abr Ahasani Gunnauri. He has to his credit three published collections of poems – Zauq e Jamaal Nim baz and Aks o shakhs.

His literary career started in 1950 with the composition of his first ghazal. His first nazm Salaam ae musafir was published in 1953 in the Urdu Monthly Shair. His first collection of poems titled Zauq e jamaal was published in 1966 followed by Nim baaz and Aks o shakhs in 1968. He learnt the art of writing Urdu poems from his father and Nikahat Ali Adab Siddiqi.

A comprehensive appraisal on the works of Unwan Chishti conducted by Sughra Alam was published in 2003 titled – Unwan Chishti Muhaqqiq, Shair and Naqid.[6] Earlier, Paimana e Sifat dealing with his life and works had been published in 1995.
Books by Unwan Chishti:-

1) Urdu Poetry:-

Nim Baaz
Zauq e Jamaal
Aks o shakhs

2) Books (of Research and Criticism) by Unwan Chishti:-

Manaviyyat ki talaash
Aruzi aur fanni masail
Urdu shairi men haiat ke tajurbe
Tanqidi pairae
Tanqid se tahqiq tak
Tanqid namah
Makatib e Ahsan, ma’muqqaddamah va havashi
Urdu shaeri mein jadeeddiyat ki rawayat
Azadi ke bad Delhi mein urdu ghazal
Chand chakor aur chandani
Urdu mein classiki tanqid
Islah nama
Harf e barhana
Manzoom tarjume ka amal
Nazim e jadeed ki falsafiyana asas
Minar e sadaa
Urdu mein classiki tanqid
Krishan Chander: Hayat o Khidmat

The Milli Gazette Say :

PROF. IFTIKHARUL HASAN “UNWAN CHISHTI”, a noted Urdu poet, critic and intellectual passed away after a prolonged illness on February 1. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for long. He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. Prof. Chishti authored more than 40 books and was known for his unique poetic style. Born on February 5, 1937 in Manglaur, Uttaranchal (the erstwhile Uttar Pradesh), Unwan Chishti served as lecturer, reader, professor and Head of the Department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, and retired as Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Languages in 1997. Delhi Urdu Academy presented him the award for poetry in 1991. Condolence meetings were held at different places. Speaking at a condolence meeting held at the Urdu department, Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof. Qazi Ubaidur Rahman said that besides being a litterateur, critic and poet, Unwan Chishti was an affectionate teacher. He had keen interest in sufism and was a man of selfless service. Prof. Shamim Hanafi called him a vibrant literary person. In a condolence meeting at Delhi University, Head of Urdu Department, Prof. Sadiq said Prof. Unwan Chishti was one of the prominent literary figures who made a name in Urdu prosody after partition. He admired Chishti’s efforts for promoting Urdu. Condolence meetings were also held at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Delhi Urdu Academy and Rajasthan Urdu Academy. He was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Manglaur.


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