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Islamic Studies Scholar to Speak at Claflin University

Aug 14, 2012

Renowned Islamic scholar Muhammad Umar Memon will speak at Claflin University on Aug. 29 at 6:15 pm in the James S. Thomas Science Center Iowa Room.

His topic will be “Urdu Fiction in the 20th Century.” This event is free and open to the public.

Memon completed his masters’ degrees at Karachi and Harvard Universities before obtaining his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (Arabic, Persian, Sociology, and Islamic History) from the University of California-Los Angeles.  He is a preeminent scholar on Urdu –Pakistan’s national language, and is emeritus professor of Urdu, Persian and Islamic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  The U.S. State Department has classified Urdu as a critically needed language in America.

Memon is recognized internationally for his contributions as a literary critic, editor, translator, and fiction writer. His collection of short stories, Tareek Galee, appeared in 1989. He has translated widely from English and Arabic to Urdu and from Urdu to English. His translations from Urdu include many short story collections. Most recently, he edited and translated Do You Suppose it’s the East Wind? Stories from Pakistan. Additionally, Memon is the general editor of the Pakistan Writers’ Series and also editor of the Annual of Urdu Studies.

Memon’s lecture is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Dr. Mitali Wong by phone at 803-535-5221 or by e-mail at


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