By Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul
The problem of Alif explores a substantial number of issues and difficulties that exist in modern South Asia, offereing views on poetry and fiction, pop culture and mythmaking, in addition to the iconic resonance of Gandhian rhetoric and philosophy. regardless of the undeniably severe difficulties that afflict the folks of South Asia, there's additionally a lot to rejoice after part a century of independence. there's a pervasive experience that the subcontinent has eventually emerged from lingering shadows of the British Raj, assesting a brand new and ascendant identification, via paintings, literature, track, movie, and other kinds of pop culture.
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I have been unable to reproduce the rhyme of this ghazal in the translation. 19 I have used capital letters when translating the fundamental poetical concepts. 20 The ancient Arabic love story of Majnun and Lay la made its way into Urdu literature via Persian, in which it is most famously the subject of an epic masnavi poem written in 1188 by Nizami Ganjavi. For the Layla-Majnun story in Urdu literature see the fourth section (by J. A. Haywood) of the article "Madjnun-Layla" in the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam (Vol 5) (Leiden: E.
53 These various dimensions of the Urdu poetry on Palestine are encapsulated in the concluding passage of Ahmad Faraz's poem to Abu Jihad: Abu Jihad, our struggle is one, Whether that land be yours or mine, Whether it is your blood that flows in the path of Fidelity or mine, Whether it is your shirt that is torn or my sleeve. 54 NOTES * I should like to express my gratitude to Muruwwat Ahmad and Waheed Raza Bhatti for their kind advice on source materials; to the staff at the Maktabah-e Yadgar-e Ghalib, Karachi, for their gracious cooperation; to an anonymous reviewer appointed by Alif for his/her valuable criticisms; and to Moeen Lashari and Seemi Ghazi for reviewing the translations.
At a crucial point of the conflict, when it seemed that 'Ali's army might win, Mu'awiyah's troops entered the battleground with Qurans impaled on the points of their lances and called for a truce. In the course of the arbitration that followed, 'Ali's army broke up and Mu'awiyah gained the upper hand. 'Ali was assassinated shortly thereafter and Mu'awiyah became Caliph, founding the first hereditary dynasty in Islamic history. The episode of the Qurans impaled on spears is popularly seen as a ruse on the part of Mu'awiyah, and the image evokes the idea of historical injustice.
ALIF 18: Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia by Ferial Jabouri Ghazoul