Abdul Manan

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Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen Hall - Room 233
Email Address: 
bhatab@sas.upenn.edu

Abdul Manan explores the place of religion in modern Urdu literature; more specifically, how the 20th century Urdu (and Persian) poetry constructs the religious self, and how it interacts with religious authority. He is also, more broadly, interested in the politics of language and religion in South-Asia. Abdul received his B.A in Religious Studies and International Affairs from Lafayette College, where he wrote about religious imagery in 20th century urdu poetry, focusing on the corpus of the noted poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Abdul was born and brought up in Kashmir; he is fluent in Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, and is currently working on Persian.