Fateh Muhammad Malik

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Fateh Muhammad Malik
فتح محمد ملک
Born 1936[1]
Talagang Tehsil (now in Chakwal District), Attock District, British Raj[1]
Occupation Critic and scholar
Language Urdu, English
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater Government School, Talagang
Government College, Attock
Gordon College, Rawalpindi (Master's degree)[1]
Notable works Iqbal's reconstruction of Muslim political thought
Iqbal Inspired Humour: A Note on Parodies by Selected Urdu Poets
Saadat Hassan Manto ek nai taabeer
Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi shair aur afsana nigar
Faiz shairi aur siyasat
Khitaah-i-Khak ya Arz-i-Paak
Ghulamon ki Ghulami[1]
Notable awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2006[1][2]

Fateh Muhammad Malik, (Urdu: فتح محمد ملکALA-LC: born 1936) is a Pakistani literary critic, linguist and a scholar.[3] He has authored several books including an essay "Iqbal Inspired Humour: A Note on Parodies by Selected Urdu Poets" published in Of Clowns and Gods, Brahmans and Babus - Humour in South Asian Literatures.[1][4]

Iqbal had a key influence on him and he wrote at least six books on him including his book Iqbal's reconstruction of Muslim political thought published by University of Leicester, England.[1] His major work while working for National Language Authority was a five-volume book on the origin of Urdu as a language.[1]


Malik is the chairman of the National Language Authority. He served as Rector of the International Islamic University, Islamabad until 2012 when he was sacked by then President Zardari under pressureof from the Saudi government. Before being sacked from his post, he criticized Saudi Arabia's practices as uncivilized and anti-women during a seminar.[5]

He also served this university as a dean of the faculty of languages, literature and humanities.[1]

Before starting his career in Pakistan, he taught at Columbia University of New York City, Heidelberg University and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and Saint Petersburg University of Russia for ten years.[1]

Awards and recognition


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The nation`s intellectual decline is distressing — Prof Fateh Mohammed Malik". Dawn. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Fateh Muhammad Malik's Sitara-i-Imtiaz award in 2006 on Dawn newspaper website, Retrieved 25 May 2017
  3. ^ Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik: Life and Works by Muhammad Hameed Shahid, 2008 (Pakistani Adab Ke Memar series)
  4. ^ Heidelberg South Asian Studies(Christina Oesterheld and Claus Peter Zoller, eds., Of Clowns and Gods, Brahmans and Babus - Humour in South Asian Literatures (University of Heidelberg, 1999).
  5. ^ "'Saudi pressure' forced Zardari to sack IIUI rector". The Express Tribune. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
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