Urdu

The Muslim-left legacy of an Urdu library in Mumbai

The Awami Idara, rooted in a working-class Muslim neighbourhood, connects the long history of Southasian Muslim labour activism to political movements and events across Mumbai, Southasia and beyond.

| Jan 09, 2023

The anatomy of Urdu

How the language of state-making in Pakistan contributes to the erasure of regional languages.

| Apr 12, 2021

Stranded in Geneva Camp

Life in the largest refugee camp for Bangladesh’s Urdu-speaking community.

| Jun 27, 2019

Surrealist Pakistan

'Hasan Ki Surat-e-Haal' marks an important formal departure from Pakistan’s Urdu literature.

| Jul 15, 2015

Community leader

A short story about a Pakistani immigrant in the UK.

| Jan 07, 2015

The Languages of Lollywood

How linguistic politics impoverishes the diversity of Pakistani cinema.

| Sep 20, 2013

Patriotism and Pakistani Cinema

Pakistani cinema has declined in output in recent decades, but does banning Indian movies help its revival?

| Sep 15, 2013

From the communes of Jhok

In rural Sindh, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

| Oct 01, 2010

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