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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor Ph.D., Harvard University

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-6031
  • Office: WCH 4.104E
  • Office Hours: FALL 2014: M 3-5 & by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: G9300

Biography

Syed Akbar Hyder is HUF's Associate Director and Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. His primary research interests lie in South Asian aesthetics, particularly those related to Urdu literature and mystical Muslim traditions. His first book, Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory, underscores the complexity that religious symbols carry in varying contexts. Hyder reveals multiple and often conflicting interpretations of the Karbala story, and investigates the varying ways in which the story is used for personal and communal identity in South Asia. His second book, A’iye Urdu Parhen: Let’s Study Urdu, was co-authored with Ali Asani, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard. This textbook for beginning Urdu students has received significant acclaim as an effective and authoritative tool for teaching Urdu. Professor Hyder is also leading a team of language instructors in setting up ILR-based assessment tools for Urdu. In his spare time, Professor Hyder provides expert testimony and consultation on a pro-bono basis to individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States. He also works closely with K-12 educators working on incorporating the studies of the humanities into the curriculum of their schools. 

Professor Hyder is presently working on monograph, tentatively titled, Lives of Passion and Paradox: Josh Malihabadi and His Peers. A significant part of this study is dedicated to the literary and cultural debates about what constitutes beauty in the overlapping autobiographical and lyrical traditions of Persian and Urdu. Even though this study centers on the life and legacy of Josh Malihabadi, often hailed in South Asia as the "poet of revolution and youth," it takes into account the lives and works of Yaganah Changezi, Abulkalam Azad, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sadat Hasan Manto, and Qurratulain Hyder. 

Professor Hyder teaches in Austin, as well as in the university's overseas program in India (Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Hyderabad). His literature courses are oriented around particular themes: “Female Voices in Urdu Literature,” “Progressive Urdu Literature,” "The Age of Ghalib," "Mir's Aesthetics," "Philosophy and Poetry of Iqbal," "Anis, Dabir, and the Urdu Marsiya," "Manto Beyond Partition," "Wit and Humor," and "Faiz and the Literary Traditions of Pakistan." He also teaches courses cross-listed in History, Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, and Religious Studies:  "Introduction to Islam," "Sufism and Islamic Mystical Traditions," and "Islam in South Asia." He is offering "Introduction to Islam," and "Qawwali Aesthetics" in Fall 2013 and "Sufism and Islamic Mystical Traditions," and "Faiz and the Literary Traditions of Pakistan" in Spring 2014.

 

Interests

Islam in South Asia, Urdu language and literature, Aesthetics in South Asian and the Middle East.

ANS 340 • Sufism & Islamic Mysticism

31880 • Fall 2014
Meets T 400pm-700pm CLA 0.126
(also listed as HIS 364G, ISL 340, MES 342, R S 358 )
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This class explores Sufism and other Islamic mystical traditions as they infused cultural milieus spanning four continents and fourteen centuries. The first half of the semester will focus on the historical developments in Islamic theosophical traditions of the Arab and Persian worlds. We will concentrate on the prose and verse traditions tied to Ali b. Abi Talib, Jafar as-Sadiq, Mansur al-Hallaj, Rabia al-Basri, Suhrawardi Maqtul, Ibn Arabi, Ibn al-Farid, Sanai, Attar, and Rumi. In the second half of the semester, we will move to a discussion of Islamic mysticisms' growth over time and beyond the porous borders of Arabia and Iran. The relationship between Sufism and modernism, Sufism and colonialism, and Sufism and post-colonial resistance movements will also constitute a significant part of this course. Issues of gender, sexuality, globalization and pluralism will be discussed throughout the semester. This class assumes no prior knowledge of Islam.

URD 330 • Classical Urdu Poetry

32995 • Fall 2014
Meets M 630pm-930pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
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Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Classical Urdu Poetry

33015 • Fall 2014
Meets M 630pm-930pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
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Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

URD 330 • Style And Register In Urdu

33370 • Spring 2014
Meets M 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
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Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 330 • Philosophy & Poetry Of Iqbal

33375 • Spring 2014
Meets W 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
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Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Philosophy & Poetry Of Iqbal

33400 • Spring 2014
Meets W 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
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Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

URD 330 • Qawwali Aesthetics

33045 • Fall 2013
Meets W 700pm-1000pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
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Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Qawwali Aesthetics

33062 • Fall 2013
Meets W 700pm-1000pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
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Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

URD 330 • Style And Register In Urdu

32930 • Spring 2013
Meets T 630pm-930pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
show description

Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Style And Register In Urdu

32950 • Spring 2013
Meets T 630pm-930pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
show description

Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

HIN 434L • Flagship Urdu Viii

32195 • Spring 2012
Meets T 400pm-500pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as URD 434L )
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

URD 330 • Urdu Short Stories: Manto

32805 • Spring 2012
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
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Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Urdu Short Stories: Manto

32835 • Spring 2012
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
show description

Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

URD 330 • Urdu Aesthetics

32675 • Fall 2011
Meets T 700pm-1000pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
show description

Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Urdu Aesthetics

32705 • Fall 2011
Meets T 700pm-1000pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
show description

Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

HIN 531L • Flagship Hindi II

32425 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 500pm-600pm MEZ 2.102
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Flagship Hindi II

URD 330 • Love & Devotion In Urdu Lit

33057 • Spring 2011
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
show description

Study of specific subjects related to Urdu culture as reflected in literary productions and other modes of expression.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Urdu 312L with a grade of at least C.

URD 384 • Love & Devotion In Urdu Lit

33089 • Spring 2011
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
show description

Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

HIN 432K • Flagship Urdu III

31265 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as URD 432K )
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Flagship Urdu III

URD 330 • Partition In Literature & Film

31905 • Fall 2010
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 384 )
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In August 1947, the South Asian subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan. What followed
this watershed event was murder, mayhem and bitter legacies that still haunt the region. As two
prominent historians of South Asia rightly point out, “the colosssal human tragedy of the partition and its
continuing aftermath has been better conveyed by sensitive creative writers and artists- for example in
Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories and Ritwik Ghatak’s films- than by historians.” The objective of this
course is to experience the Partition and its extended legacies through a broad array of Urdu-Hindi
literature and films. We will read short stories by Manto (Toba Tek Singh, Khol Do, Thanda Gosht) and
poems by Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Sardar Jafari (Yeh dagh ujala, guftagu band na ho) that have won critical
notice as well as significant films (Garam Hawa, A Train to Pakistan, Fiza, Gadar) that invoke the
Partition. A significant portio of the course is the exploration of the discourses of cross-national and
cross-communal literary and artistic comradeship that often belie state-sponsored nationalistic rhetoric.

Texts/Readings from:
Sadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ali Sardar Jafari, Ismat Chughtai

Grading/Requirements:
Short papers, translations, class participation 40%
Midterm 30%
Final 30%

URD 432K • Flagship Urdu III

31910 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as HIN 432K )
show description

Flagship Urdu III

URD 384 • Partition In Literature & Film

31925 • Fall 2010
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as URD 330 )
show description

In August 1947, the South Asian subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan. What followed
this watershed event was murder, mayhem and bitter legacies that still haunt the region. As two
prominent historians of South Asia rightly point out, “the colosssal human tragedy of the partition and its
continuing aftermath has been better conveyed by sensitive creative writers and artists- for example in
Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories and Ritwik Ghatak’s films- than by historians.” The objective of this
course is to experience the Partition and its extended legacies through a broad array of Urdu-Hindi
literature and films. We will read short stories by Manto (Toba Tek Singh, Khol Do, Thanda Gosht) and
poems by Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Sardar Jafari (Yeh dagh ujala, guftagu band na ho) that have won critical
notice as well as significant films (Garam Hawa, A Train to Pakistan, Fiza, Gadar) that invoke the
Partition. A significant portio of the course is the exploration of the discourses of cross-national and
cross-communal literary and artistic comradeship that often belie state-sponsored nationalistic rhetoric.

Texts/Readings from:
Sadat Hasan Manto, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ali Sardar Jafari, Ismat Chughtai

Grading/Requirements:
Short papers, translations, class participation 40%
Midterm 30%
Final 30%

URD 432L • Flagship Urdu IV

32185 • Spring 2010
Meets M 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.122
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

URD 384 • Philosophy And Poetry Of Iqbal

32200 • Spring 2010
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as GK 312K, ISL 372 )
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GREEK 312K

32175

 

Homer’s Odyssey

 

MWF 1-2 WAG 208

Instructor: Karl Galinsky

Office Hours: MWF 11-12 and by appt.   WAG 215

e-mail:  galinsky@mail.utexas.edu

 

Texts:

 

W. B. Stanford,  Homer: Odyssey 1-12 and Homer: Odyssey 13-24 (Duckworth).

R.J. Cunliffe, Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect (Univ. of Oklahoma Press).

 

Order of readings (see details below under “Assignments”):

 

We’ll begin at the beginning, reading selections from various books, esp. 1, 5, 9, 11, 13, and 22-24.  I recommend that you read the entire Odyssey as soon as possible (as over the next freeze) in any English translation, e.. Fitzgerald, Lattimore, or Fagles.  We’ll review the peculiarities of Homeric grammar and vocabulary as we go along.

 

Class policy, course grade, etc.:

 

This is  a boon—a really small class.  Your full participation, therefore, is essential: be prepared, do the homework, contribute to class discussion.  Have a Greek grammar ready for reference.  Please do not hesitate to bring up in class anything you can’t figure out instead of relying on a translation.  Principal advice:  while we’ll enjoy the Odyssey as a master work of literature, your concomitant task at first is more prosaic:  vocab, vocab, vocab (grammar is not that intricate).  Write on file cards every word you do not know and memorize them diligently.  After a while, this will pay off:  Homer repeats himself quite a bit so the number of your cards will (hopefully) decrease while your confidence will increase.

 

There will be some announced and unannounced vocab and grammar quizzes and four one-hour tests (on Feb. 12, March 10, April 16,  and May 7, consisting of translation and discussion of content.  There’ll be no final, except by demand.  Each of you will also give a short report (which will count under “class participation”) on a Homeric or cultural issue (ranging from the lost letter digamma to adaptations of Ulysses in modern American culture, e.g. O Brother Where Art Thou?).

 

In addition, extra credit will be given for memorizing 50 verses or more (yes you can).

 

You may have three unexcused absences; please budget them wisely for eventualities such pet emergencies and the death of grandparents.  After those three, only an attested medical emergency will do or your course grade will be significantly affected.  The course grade will be comprised of the following:  four 1-hr. tests—40%; quizzes—25%; quality of class participation—35%.  I welcome suggestions on test formats, class topics, and the like.  It’s your class and mine.

 

Some books that will be using for electronic reserves:

 

W. B. Stanford, The Ulysses Theme

Michael Wood,  In Search of the Trojan War

W.B. Stanford and J.V. Luce,  The Quest for Ulysses

Jasper Griffin,  Homer on Life and Death

J. Latacz,  Homer

 

Notice:

The University of Texas at Austin provides, upon request, appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 or 471-4641, or go to http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/ssd/

 

 

Assignments (adjustable):

 

1) W, Jan. 20..........Introduction

F, Jan. 22 ...........    1.1-21

2) M, Jan. 25..........1.22-50

W, Jan. 27               1..51-79

F, Jan. 29 .............  1.80-102

3) M, Feb. 1........... QUIZ; 5.1-20 (Calypso)

W, Feb. 3............     5.21-58

F, Feb. 5 ...........       5.59-96

4) M, Feb. 8..........   5. 97-144

W, Feb. 10 .........      5.145-159; REVIEW

F, Feb. 12 ...........     EXAM 1

5) M, Feb. 15..........5.160-213

W, Feb. 17 .........     5.214-281

F, Feb. 19 ...........    5.282-332

6) M, Feb. 22..........5.333-350;  start w/ Bk. 6 (Nausicaa)

W, Feb. 24 .........     sel. from 6

F, Feb. 26..............  QUIZ; sel. from 6

7) M, March 1 .........sel. from 6.

W, March 3.............  sel. from 9  (Cyclops)

F, March 5                sel. from 9

8) M, March 8 .........sel. from 9; REVIEW

W, March 10...........EXAM 2

F, March 12............Discussion

9) M, March 22.......sel from 9

W, March 24 .......... sel. from 9

F, March 26 ............ sel. from 11 (Underworld)

10) M, March 29......sel. from 11

W, March 31 .......... sel., from 11

F, Apr. 2 ............      sel. from 13 (Ithaca)

11) M, Apr. 5........... QUIZ

W, Apr. 7 ...........       sel. from 13

F, Apr. 9.............       sel. from 17 (Argos et al.)

12) M, Apr. 12...........sel. from 19 (recognitions)

W, Apr. 14 .........       sel. from 19

F, Apr. 16...........        EXAM 3

13) M, Apr. 19 .........sel. from 22 (Death of the Suitors)

W, Apr. 21 .........       sel. from 22

F, Apr. 23...........       sel. from 22

14) M, Apr. 26 ......... sel. from 23 (Od. and Penelope)

W, Apr. 28 .........       sel. from 23

F, Apr. 30                   sel. from 23

15) M, May 3 .........  sel. from 23

W, May 5                   REVIEW; course eval.

F, May 7 .............       EXAM 4

URD 384 • Aesthetics Of Genre In Urd Lit

32355 • Fall 2009
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
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Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 340 • Sufism And Islamic Mysticism

30465 • Spring 2009
Meets M 400pm-700pm WEL 2.308
(also listed as HIS 364G, ISL 340, MES 321K, R S 341 )
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Topics in the religions and mythologies of the peoples of Asia.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

URD 432L • Flagship Urdu IV

31725 • Spring 2009
Meets MW 530pm-630pm WCH 4.118
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

URD 384 • Female Voices In Urdu Lit

31745 • Spring 2009
Meets T 530pm-830pm WCH 4.118
show description

Study of various aspects and periods of Urdu language and culture.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and six semester hours of  upper-division coursework in Urdu with a grade of at least C.  Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

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