Rafey Habib

(- / India)

Biography of Rafey Habib

Rafey Habib poet

M. A. R. Habib (Rafey Habib) is an Indian-born Muslim poet and scholar of literature who has also written numerous books of literary criticism. He was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America.

He is a scholar in the areas of literary criticism, theory and philosophy. He is a Professor of English and the author of seven books, including three histories of literary criticism, a study of T.S. Eliot's philosophical background, and two translations of Urdu poetry. His own volume of poetry, Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century, appeared in September 2010. His latest book, Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present: An Introduction, was published in 2011.

His interests also extend to Islamic philosophy and literature, as well as postcolonial studies. He believes that it is a matter of some urgency to foster an improved mutual understanding between the Islamic world and Western cultures. He has given numerous talks on various aspects of Islam, such as Islam and Democracy, and is currently working with colleagues at Rutgers University to establish a cultural diversity of courses, including Islamic literature in English translation.

Rafey Habib's Works:

(2010). Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century (Kube).
(2007). Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell).
(2005). A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell). This has been praised in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, which described it as "serious, ambitious, informative and intellectually challenging. Readers who are serious, ambitious, eager to learn material that is not always easily accessible, and open to intellectual challenge will be those who will profit most from it."
(2003). Editor and translator, An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in Translation (Modern Language Association).
(1999). The Early T.S. Eliot and Western Philosophy (Cambridge University Press).
(1991). The Dissident Voice: Poems of N.M. Rashed: Translated from the Urdu (Oxford University Press).

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If, in ten years, you should come to me, broken,
Your following relationships failed, your
Thighs bloated with cellulite, your cheeks fattened, your spouse
Uncaring; if then you should tell me
You wished you had given yourself to
Me, that night, all those years ago, when
Sitting on a couch I had touched your cheek; if
The emptiness of all these years is what it has taken
To make you wise, to open your

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