Srinagar: Dr Mufti Mudasir Farooqi, Associate professor Department of English has been appointed as Incharge head of the department of Urdu, University of Kashmir in addition to his own duties in the English department.
“Dr Mufti Mudasir Mearaj Farooqi, Associate Professor, Department of English shall function as I/C Head, Department of Urdu, in addition to his own duties in his department till further orders, relieving Prof. Arifa Bushra,” read an official order on Tuesday.
Professor Farooqi has more than 14 years of experience in teaching at the post-graduate level. He is well-versed in a number of languages such as Urdu, Persian, Arabic, and Kashmiri.
He has translated poetry from Kashmiri, Urdu, Persian, and Arabic and also taught the literature of these languages in translation. Due to this distinction, he had earned a postdoctoral fellowship in the program 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).