Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tariq Rahman – an Introduction

Tariq Rahman Ph.D is a Tenured Distinguished National Professor of Sociolinguistic History at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Since June 2007 he is also Director of NIPS. He is a highly published scholar with over 90 articles in scholarly journals; 9 books; 4 encyclopedia articles; 22 contributions to books and several book reviews. His most famous book Language and Politics in Pakistan, published by Oxford (Pakistan) in 1996, remains in print and has recently (2007) been published by Orient Longman in India. His history of language-learning among the Muslims of South Asia, Language, Ideology and Power (2002), remains a landmark in the field. His latest book, Denizens of Alien Worlds (2004), connects the medium of instruction with worldview, poverty and politics in Pakistan. He now intends to write a social history of Urdu.

            Dr. Rahman has been a guest professor in Denmark and Spain. He has been a Fulbright research scholar (1995-96) at U. T. Austin. He was also the first incumbent of the Pakistan Chair at U.C Berkeley (2004-05). He has lectured or contributed conference papers in the U. K.— where he obtained his M. A and Ph. D—as well as the U. S. A, Germany, France, China, Korea, India and Nepal. He also contributes columns and book reviews to the English language press in Pakistan.

A brief description of Tariq Rahman’s achievements

1991: University of Cambridge. Certificate in Linguistics
1989:  University of Strathclyde    M.Litt in Linguistics
1985   University of Sheffield         Ph.D in English
1982   University of Sheffield         M.A in History & English Literature
1978    University of Peshawar       M.A in Political Science (1st class; 1st-Gold Medalist)
1969   University of Peshawar       B.A (1st Division)
Pride of Performance           -          2004
Pitras Bukhari Award for a Book entitled Language      1999
and Politics in Pakistan (1996) by the Pakistan Academy of Letters [Best Research Work of 1996 in English]. Also awarded by the National Book Foundation for Social Sciences. Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (USA)-    1995-96 Overseas Development Association Scholarship (UK)1988-89. British Council Scholarship (UK)    -         1981 – 1985
Tariq Rahman has produced 15 Books, 22 Contributions to books, 85 articles and 12 book reviews in scholarly journals on literature language, history, politics and education.
(1)       1979. Poems of Adolescence Rawalpindi: Cezan Books.

(2)       1989. The Legacy and Other Short Stories  New Delhi: Commonwealth Publishers.

(3)       1990. Pakistani English: The Linguistic Description of a Non-Native Variety of English  Islamabad: National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University.

(4)       1991. A History of Pakistani Literature in English Lahore: Vanguard Books (Pvt) Ltd.

(5)       1991. Work and Other Stories Lahore: Sang-e-Meel.


(1)       1988. `Teaching Literature: Prose', Teaching of English (Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University, pp.166-181. [This is a Unit of Distance Teaching for the B. Ed Course of the Open University].

(2)       `The Appreciation of English Poetry', ibid, 183- 210. [As above it is a part of the course for teachers who want to teach poetry].

(3)       Punctuation, Comprehension and Precis-writing'.

Journal Articles
1.         `The Priest of Hate: Alienation in D. H. Lawrence', Literary Half-Yearly

2 `The Homosexual Aspect of Forster's A Passage to
India', Studies in English Literature.
3       `Edward Carpenter and D. H. Lawrence', American Notes & Queries

4          `Stereotypes in the Fiction of Angus Wilson', Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics 

5          `E. M. Forster and Ghalib', American Notes & Queries 

Book Reviews
(1)      ‘Race Relations in Pakistani Literature in English.
Revs. Hanif Kureishi, Borderline (1981); Birds of Panage (1983); My beautiful Launderette (1986) and Tariq Mehmood, Hard on the Sun (1983). In CRNLE Reviews Journal.
(2)      ‘Rev. Bapsi Sidhwa: Ice. Candy Man (1988). In World Lit Today
(3)      ‘Rev. Ahmed Ali, Selected Poems  In World Literature Today

This is only a very brief view of what Tariq Rahman achieved and no doubt, he has achieved more than that. 

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