Dr. Muhammad Suheyl Umar

Vita

M. S. Umar, geb. 1954 in Karachi (Pakistan), besuchte die Central Model School sowie das Forman Christian College in Lahore. Seinen Bachelor (Englisch, Philosophie) und seinen Masterabschluss (Englisch) erhielt er vom Government College in Lahore, wo er ebenfalls Arabisch, Persisch und traditionelle islamische Wissenschaften studierte. Seine weiteren Studien beeinhalteten Iqbal-Studien an der Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad. Er promovierte in Philosophie an der Punjab University in Lahore mit einer Doktorarbeit über Ibn ʿArabī und Iqbal ("Ibn ʿArabī and Iqbal - A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts").

Bevor er im Jahre 1984 seine Laufbahn an der Iqbal Academy Pakistan begann, war er beratend für die Suhail Academy, einem Verlag für Nachdrucke in englischer, arabischer und persischer Sprache, tätig. An der Iqbal Academy Pakistan, die sich dem Werk und den Lehren des Dichterphilosophen Pakistans, Muhammad Iqbal, widmet, war er zunächst stellvertretender Direktor und schließlich Direktor für die letzten 30 Jahre.

muhammad suheyl umar 2Herr Dr. Umar arbeitete ebenfalls als akademischer Direktor für das Institute of Islamic Culture und als Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift Al-Maʿārif. Er ist Gastwissenschaftler am International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia und war Lehrbeauftragter an der National Universiy of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Lahore sowie der Lahore University of Management Sciences. Derzeit ist er Direktor des Centre for English Language und vertritt eine Professur für Sozialwissenschaften an der Faculty of Information Technology der University of Central Punjab in Lahore.

Er ist ebenfalls Gründungsherausgeber der Riwayat, einer Zeitschrift für das Urdu sowie Hausgeber der Iqbal Review, einer vierteljährlich erscheinenden Zeitschrift, die sich den Iqbal-Studien, den Islamischen Studien, der komrativen Religionswissenschaft, der Philosophie, Literatur, Kunst und Soziologie widmet, deren pain persischer und arabischer Sprache sowie in Urdu erscheinenden Ausgaben von ihm ins Leben gerufen wurden. Weiter war er Herausgeber der Zeitschrift Studies in Tradition, die sich der Metaphysik, der Philosophie, Literatur, Kunst und Naturwissenschaften widmete. In namhaften Zeitschriften veröffentlichte er Artikel über literaturwissenschaftliche Themen in englischer, arabischer, persischer Sprache sowie in Urdu. Selbiges gilt für seine Fachaufsätze über Iqbal, Islamische Studien, Literatur und Sufismus.

Zu seinen Spezialgebieten gehören Iqbals Leben und Werk, die islamische Mystik, die islamische Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters sowie Religion und Naturwissenschaften.

Arbeiten und Veröffentlichungen (in Auswahl)

Muhammad Ḥasan ‘Askarī: Paragon of Urdu Literature. Thesis for M.A (English), Unpublished.

M‘āṣir-1 (Urdu, several translations and articles were included in this anthology of current literature. Lahore 1979.

Jhalkyiān (Vol.1) (Urdu, Ed., Essays, reflections and reviews of Muḥammad Ḥasan ‘Askarī, writer, critic, educationist and a leading intellectual of the recent past. Maktaba Riwayat, Lahore 1982.

Jhalkyiān (Vol.2) (Urdu, Ed. Essays, reflections and reviews of Muḥammad Ḥasan ‘Askarī, writer, critic, educationist and a leading intellectual of the recent past). Nafees Academy, Karachi, 1990.

Riwāyat-1 (Urdu, Ed., first issue of the only journal of ideas in Urdu. Several articles and translations were also contributed to the Issue. Topics concern psychology, philosophy, tradition and metaphysics). Lahore 1983.

Riwāyat-2 (Urdu, Ed., second issue of the only journal of ideas in Urdu. Translations and
Reviews contributed). Lahore 1985.

Riwāyat-3 (Urdu) Ed. This number is devoted to the study of the poetic and prose works of Salīm Aḥmad, a leading poet, critic, dramatist, philosopher and exponent of traditional thought. Maktaba Riwāyat, Lahore 1987.

Riwāyat-4 (Urdu, Ed., this number is devoted to the study of the poetic and prose works of Salīm Aḥmad, leading poet, critic, dramatist, philosopher and exponent of traditional thought. Maktaba Riwāyat, Lahore 1987.

Ibn ‘Arabī: Life And Works (Persian) by Muḥsin Jahāngīrī. Urdu translation with introduction and notes. Institute of Islamic Culture, Lahore, 1988, 2002.

An Analytical Study of Bibliographies of Manuscripts in Pakistan (English). Al-Furqan Foundation, London.

Description of Libraries and Private Collections of Manuscripts in Pakistan (English). (Al-Furqan Foundation, London), E.J. Brill, 1993.

Sir Seyed Aur Hali Ka Nazria-e-fitrat by Dr. Zafar Hasan (Urdu, Ed.), Institute of Islamic Culture, 1990.

Mohammad Iqbal (English) by Muhammad Munawwar. First of the brochure series of the Iqbal Academy for which I am the general editor, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore, 1987.

Kulliyāt-e-Iqbal (Urdu, Ed.). Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 1990.

Kulliyāt-e-Iqbal (Persian, Ed.). Iqbal Academy Pakistan 1990.

Tashīl-e-Kalām-e-Iqbal (Persian, Gen. Ed.) Urdu translations with complete linguistic breakup of all the Persian works of Iqbal. Payām-i-Mashriq , Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 1992.

Khuṭbāt- i- Iqbal, Nay Tanāẓur maen (Urdu) Iqbal Academy Pakistan, Lahore, 1996, 2002.

Contours of Ambivalence: Ibn ‘Arabī and Iqbal in Historical Perspective (Forthcoming).

Ibn ‘Arabī awr Iqbal (Urdu, forthcoming).

Paradigm of Reconciliation: Iqbal’s Methodology in his “Reconstruction” (In Preparation)

Maqālāt-i-Sirāj (Ed.), Bazyaaft Publishers, Khi, 2011.

Askarī Kai Afsānay (Urdu) Ed. Nafis Academy, Karachi, 1989.

Kahānī ke Rang (Urdu, Ed., collection of Urdu essays on literary criticism and short stories), Jang Publishers, Lahore, 1992.

Poems from Iqbal (English translation of Iqbal's selected verses by Victor Keirnan, edited with a comparative text, Iqbal Academy Pakistan/ OUP, 1999.

“That I May See and Tell”, Significance of Iqbal’s Wisdom Poetry (Eng.), Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 1997, 2002-++.

Har Che Gūyad Dīda Gūyad– Shi‘r i Ḥakīmāna i Iqbal (Persian), Iqbal Academy Pakistan,1999.

“And Here the Twain Did Meet”, (Eng., Ed.) Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 1998, 2002-++.

A Sufi Saint of the 20th Century by Martin Lings. Translated into Urdu in collaboration with Jafar Qasmi. (Forthcoming).

King of the Castle by Gai Eaton (translated into Urdu as Mīr-i-Sṣmaan-i-Wujūd , Muhammad Suheyl Umar, in collaboration with Dr. Naumana Amjad, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2007.

Traditional Essays (English, Ed., a collection of articles by Rene Guenon on symbolism, mysticism and tradition (Forthcoming).

Islamic Essays (English, Ed., a collection of articles by Martin Lings on Islamic and traditional themes (Forthcoming).

Sword of Knowledge (Selections from Studies in Comparative Religion. This two volume anthology would consist of a representative selection of articles from the above mentioned journal devoted to metaphysics, cosmology, tradition and symbolism. (Suhail Academy, forthcoming).

Trājim (Urdu, collection of my own articles, translations and reviews published in various
journals (in preparation).

Muhammad. His Life According to the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings (Urdu Translation, in preparation).

Time and Space - Iqbal’s Perspective (Forthcoming IAP).

Time in Islam (Ed., forthcoming IAP).

Vision of Islam by Dr William C. Chittick (Urdu Translation). Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2009, 2011, 2016

Hundred Years of Iqbal Studies (Eds. M S Umar, Rafiuddin Hashmi), Iqbal Academy Pakistan/ Pakistan Academy of Letters, Isd. 2002-++).

March of Times, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2008.

In the Wake of 11th September: Perspectives on Settled Convictions Changes and Challenges ,
Iqbal Academy Pakistan 2003, 2005.

THE RELIGIOUS OTHER: Towards a Muslim Theology of Other Religions in a Post-Prophetic Age, (Ed.) Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2009, 2011.

Iqbal-Fikri Tanazur aur Asri Ma‘nwiat, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2010, 2010, 2011.

Repair and Redeem - Iqbal’s Re-Statement of Sufi Thought, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2010, 2012.

Maqālāt-i-Javid, Eds. M.S. Umar & T. H. Tanuli, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2011.

Intellectual Legacy, Eds. M.S. Umar & Afzal Qarshi, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2011.

Essays of Dr. Javid Iqbal, Eds. M.S. Umar & Afzal Qarshi, Iqbal Academy Pakistan, 2011.

Common ground: Spiritual and Moral Similarities in Islam and Buddhism, by Reza Shah Kazmi, Muhammad Suheyl Umar (Urdu Tr.) Maktaba Jamal Lahore, 2011.

Sir Muhammad Iqbal - Collected Poetical Works (English Translation, Ed.), Iqbal Academy Pakistan 2007.

Iqbal’s Contribution to Literature and Politics by Mirza Munawwar (Ed.) 1997.

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