His Story

Ali Jawad Zaidi was an Urdu poet and polyphonic scholar. He wrote several books of ghazals and nazms apart from research based texts such as A History of Urdu Literature and Uttar Pradesh ke Marsiyago and several others. He also wrote commentary on a wide range of subjects, publishing significant books like Do Adbi School and Islami Taraqqi Pasandi. He had been honoured with several awards including the Padmashri, the Ghalib Award, the Mir Anis award and others. He had been working on a project he called 'Urdu mein Ramkatha' when he passed away.


A History of Urdu Literature


Islami Taraqqi Pasandi

Padma shri

for contribution to Urdu Literature


The third Jawad Memorial Prize for Urdu-English translation, 2020 is now CLOSED for submissions.

We thank all the scholars and translators for submitting and spreading the word. The deadline was April 30th, 2020.

Jawad memorial prize

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