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Ḥālī is the pen name of Alṭāf Ḥusayn (b. c.1837, d. 1914), an Urdu poet, literary critic, essayist, biographer, educational and social reformer, and translator. Most of what we know about his life, especially early on, comes from an autobiographical sketch that he wrote in 1901, titled Tarjuma-yi Ḥālī (Biographical entry for Ḥālī). The piece was later published in Maqālāt 1:261–70.

1. Life

Ḥālī was born in the town of Panipat, about eighty kilometres north of Delhi. By his own claim, his paternal…

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Bruce, Gregory Maxwell, “Ḥālī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_30227>
First published online: 2021
First print edition: 9789004435988, 20211101, 2021-6

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