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Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai

Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai (Urdu: اللامہ ناصر الدین ناصر ہونزاا‎; born 1917) is an Ismaili Pakistani writer and poet, known for his work on Islam, Ismailism and the Burushaski language.

Allama Nasir ud-Din Nasir (Hub-e-Ali) Hunzai is a writer on Islam, Ismailism and Burushaski language. He was born in 1917 in Hyderabad, a small village of Hunza. In his early childhood he was inclined towards the esoteric meanings of his faith, Islam. He was inspired by the preachings and teachings of Pir Nasir Khusraw. He leads the austere life of a "sufi saint" and is a member of Isma'ili Shi'ism.

Allamah Nasir is also a Sufi poet and writer. He has written numerous books on the topics of the Qur'an, Islam, Sufism, Isma'ilism and spirituality in general. His books have been translated into English, French, Swedish, Persian, Turkish, and Gujarati. He is the first person to have a Diwan of poetry in Burushaski, his mother tongue, and is known as "Baba-i Burushaski" (Father of Burushaski) for his services to that language. He also composes poetry in three other languages: Urdu, Persian and Turkish. His contribution to spiritual science is widely recognised.

The president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan conferred upon Nasir al-Din Hunzai the award of Sitarah-i-Imtiyaz on 23 March 2001 in recognition of his outstanding service in the fields of literature and scholarship. He has been a pioneer in developing the first Burushaski-German dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany. He has worked with a group of volunteers from the Northern Area of Pakistan in the development of the first Burushaski-English dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany.

External links

  • Burushaski Research Academy
  • The Institute For Spiritual Wisdom
  • Pakistan's Northern Areas dilemma (BBC)\
  • Map of Central Hunza
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