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Amir Khusrau Research Projects


The conference was held under the auspices of the Amir Khusrau Society of America, a parent organization for the work on Amir Khusrau, prior to the formation of the Islamic Thought and Science Institute, The conference was co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, The Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for Arts. The conference was held in collaboration with the University of Chicago and the Hardvard University. For the University of Chicago, Prof. John Woods, the then Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, provided enormous support of the facilities. For more information about this conference please go the "Conferences and Seminars where most of the detail of this conference are given.

The work on the annotated translation of Amir Khusrau's monumental work, Eijaz-i-Khusravi, was started in 1989 by well known translators. The Smithsonian Institute of Washington D.C. agreed to sponsor the project for three years. Ms. Francine Berkowitz, the Program Director of the International Programs and Activities of the Smithsonian Institute approved funding of the project.

The translation project began its activities in New Delhi, India.

Honorable Dilip Lahiri, then the Consul General of India in Chicago provided extraordinary support in getting the approval of the project from various ministries in New Delhi, and thus launching of the project.

Among many works of Amir Khusrau (RA), Ejaz-i-Khusravi is one of the major prose work written in Persian language of India, hand printed during the later part of his life - around 1325 A.D. The hand printed manuscripts are found from around 1500 A.D. onwards in various libraries of the world.

There is only one printed edition, by Knol Kishore Press of Lucknow during eighteenth century, that is available in various libraries. AKSA acquired the following manuscripts: (1) One from British Library, (2) One from Khuda Baksh Library of Patna, (3) An edited work, sponsored by AKSA, from two manuscripts from Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad, (4) One printed edition of Knol Kishore Press.

Dr. Habibuddin Ahmed who has continuously provided project coordination for the project since its inception in 1988 will continue in this capacity for the duration and completion of the project. He serves as the managing editor of the work. He has extensively travelled to India and Pakistan from USA whenever the situation demanded. He has also computerized nearly 1000 pages of the Ejaz-i-Khusravi and has conducted the volume editing of the work. He also identifies technical areas and corresponding talents where notes have to be developed. He has always maintained direct contacts with all translators. Those who wish to support publication of this work, may contact as follows:

CONTACT ADDRESS:
Dr. Habibuddin Ahmed 850 S. Des Plaines Ave,
Suite 102 Forest Park,
Illinois 60130, U.S.A.
Phone: 708-366-9259
email: habib@itinst.org