Naseem Hijazi

Sharīf Husain (Urdu: شریف حسین), who used the pseudonym Nasīm Hijāzī (Urdu: نسیم حجازی, commonly transliterated as Naseem Hijazi, or Nasim Hijazi) (c. 1914- March 1996) was an Urdu writer. He was born at the village of Sujaanpur near town Dhariwal, district Gurdaspur, Punjab in Pre-Partition India in an Arain family and migrated to Pakistan after independence from the British Rule and the subsequent partition of India in 1947. He lived most of his life in Pakistan and died in March 1996

The writer

As a novel writer, Naseem Hijazi is regarded[by whom?] as one of the finest writers of Urdu language especially in the later 20th century. Among his popular contemporaries were Ibn-e-Safi, Saadat Hasan Manto, and Shafiq-ur-Rehman, all having their particular line of literature. Naseem Hijazi is known[by whom?] for his potent and romantic description of history. There are only two writers prior to Hijazi who wrote historic novels in Urdu: Abdul Haleem Sharar and Sadiq Sardhunwi, but Hijazi's writing is most credible in terms of historic description and accuracy. He exercised extra care to back his study of history by thorough research and to cite his sources whenever possible. Hijazi creates his powerful expression by blending this study of history with fairytale romanticism. The story usually revolves around characters who were related to, and shown present at, the actual historical event that he wishes to focus on.