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MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI is an author, storyteller, and folklorist, and the editor of the Urdu Thesaurus. He was a Harvard University South Asia Institute Fellow where he worked on his Kahani Se Kitab Tak Program to introduce Urdu classical literature to children through a graduated reading program, currently running at top Pakistan schools.

Farooqi is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Between Clay and Dust (Finalist, Man Asia Literary Prize 2012), and The Story of a Widow (Finalist, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, 2008; longlisted for IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize). He is the translator, among other works, of the internationally acclaimed epic, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (Modern Library Classic), called “a gift to world literature” by world media.

Farooqi writes the monthly Microtalk column on South Asian folklore, and is currently working on a history of the Islamic occult commissioned by the Harvard University Press.

Farooqi is represented by the Colchie Agency in conjunction with Robert B. Wyatt

Contact: musharraf.ali.farooqi@gmail.com | Twitter: @microMAF