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Zahra Sabri

Lecturer, Institute of Business Administration (IBA)

Zahra Sabri teaches Indo-Islamic History and Urdu Literature at the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. She received her Master`s degree from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in New York City. She has taught History and Urdu Literature at McGill University, Canada, the Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and the Pakistan Study Centre at theUniversity of Karachi. Her research focuses on the influence of the Persianate on Indo-Muslim languages, cultures, and traditions of learning, as well as politics of identity centred around Urdu, in South Asia. Her most recent academic publication is an article on the Mughal poet, Mir Taqi Mir’s Persian hagiographical/historiographical writing (The Medieval History Journal, 2015). Sabri is the curator of Koozah, an anthology of Urdu short stories by new and little-known Pakistani writers (Oxford University Press, 2015). She is a literary translator, and has translated folk and classical poetry from almost a dozen Pakistani languages for eleven seasons of Coke Studio, Pakistan. She has also worked as a journalist for the Herald magazine (Dawn), winning the Zubeida Mustafa Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2013. She has contributed articles to Pakistan’s national press on diverse political, literary, and educational issues over the years.

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