Srinagar, July 21: Dr Mufti Mudasir Farooqi, Associate Professor Department of English has been appointed as HoD Urdu Department University of Kashmir.
An order in this regard was issued by the varsity on Tuesday. Professor Farooqi is Associate Professor in the English Department with more than 14 years experience of teaching at the P.G level. He has translated poetry from Kashmiri, Urdu, Persian and Arabic and also taught literatures of these languages in translation.
Due to this distinction he earned a postdoctoral fellowship in the programme Zukuntsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Scholarship from Freie University, Berlin in the year 2012-13. As a fellow in Berlin, he has researched the manuscripts of medieval Kashmir in Persian, Kashmiri and Arabic and produced a work later published in Philological Encounters by BRILL, the Netherlands.
Besides several articles in various International and National journals, he has authored two books, The Captured Gazelle: Poems of Ghani Kashmiri published as Penguin Classics, a work which introduced, for the first time, Tahir Ghani Kashmiri, the great 17th century Persian poet of Kashmir, to the larger world, and Towards a Poetics of Postmodern Drama: A Study of Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard (New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
Scholars of Urdu and literary circle are happy with this development as they say professor Farooqi is a very competent man.