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Mahmood Alam


Academic Profile

Mahmood Alam, recipient of UK-Visiting- Nehru Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust fellowships 2015-16 is presently working (since June 2010) as Assistant Professor of Persian in the Dept. of Asian Languages, School of Arab and Asian Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He has previously served as Documentation and Research Officer (Technical Assistant) in Victoria Memorial Hall (Museum) Kolkata. Dr. Alam has obtained his M.A. and M.Phil in Persian from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ph.D. from University of Calcutta, Kolkata. He has also reviewed the Persian Manuscripts in the collection of Victoria Memorial and prepared the catalogue of Professor Nurul Hasan’s (Former Governor of West Bengal) Arabic, Persian and Urdu books in the collection of Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. He has several research articles in Persian, English, and Urdu to his credit and participated in several national and international conferences in India and abroad. He is recipient of Professor Abha Kulsheeshtha ‘Najma’ prize for Arabic, Persian and Iranian section in 46th All India Oriental Conference, 2012. He is a life member of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata; General Secretary of Institute of Indo Persian Studies; member of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA) Cambridge, UK, and associated with several academic bodies. Dr. Alam has translated five short stories of Sadeq Hedayat into Urdu and published it under the title “Mujassama”for which West Bengal Urdu Academy conferred him with “John Gilcrist Award. His area of specialization includes Indo-Persian Literature and Manuscriptlogy/ Codicology. Dr. Alam is associated with Persian Manuscript Initiative (PMI), a collaborative venture of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, USA, the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University and Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, USA dedicated to the preservation and digital enhancement of Persian manuscripts in world.

Current Position

Assistant Professor in Persian, English and Foreign Languages University