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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor Ph.D., Harvard University

Contact

  • Phone: 475-6031
  • Office: WCH 4.134
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5 PM and 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.

Courses taught:
Sufism and Islamic Mysticism; Introduction to India; Afghanistan: Religion, History, and Politics; Visions and Revisions of India: India through Bollywood; Poetry of Faiz; Partition in Literature and Film; Muslim Perspectives on Religious Diversity; Qawwali Aesthetics

Undergraduate and graduate Urdu language courses:  Progressive Urdu Literature; Female Voices in Urdu Literature; Urdu Aesthetics; Poetry and Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal; Aesthetics of Genre in Urdu Literature; Urdu Satire and Humor; all levels of Hindi-Urdu Flagship Urdu language courses

Interests

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

ISL 340 • Sufism & Islamic Mysticism

41755 • Fall 2014
Meets T 400pm-700pm CLA 0.126
(also listed as ANS 340, HIS 364G, 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.

MES 342 • Sufism & Islamic Mysticism

42150 • Fall 2014
Meets T 400pm-700pm CLA 0.126
(also listed as ANS 340, HIS 364G, ISL 340, 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.

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

42050 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 300pm-430pm WCH 1.120
(also listed as HIS 306N, R S 319 )
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This course will facilitate an understanding of the multiple ways in which Islam is interpreted and practiced from Asia to North America. In doing so, we will explore the most important debates concerning justice, law, authority, gender, sexuality, and the environment. We will situate these debates in the larger socio-political historical and regional contexts. The course is taught with the assumption that the students enrolled in it have little or no knowledge about the faith and its practices. Also, the objective of this course is to expose students to a cross-cultural survey of Islam by drawing out the concords as well as the discords within the tradition. Grading:3 Exams: 90% (October 7, November 4, Final Exam)Attendance & Pop Quizzes: 10%Readings:Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the ProphetFrederick Denny, An Introduction to Islam (Fourth Edition)Mahmood Mamdani, Good Muslim, Bad MuslimKecia Ali, Sexual Ethics and Islam Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

ISL 372 • Philosophy And Poetry Of Iqbal

42075 • Spring 2010
Meets T 600pm-900pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as GK 312K, URD 384 )
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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

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