Dr. Daud Rahbar First Pakistani Urdu Teacher in Turkey
Keywords:Dr Daud Rahbar, Urdu teacher in Ankara, International Islamic Colloquium of Lahore, Mawlavi Abdul Haq, Mawlana Salahuddin Ahmed, Mushfiq Khawaja, Ijaz Husain Batalvi, Zia Mohyeddin
Tracing the background, leading Dr Daud Rahbar to start his career as Urdu teacher in Ankara, the article briefly mentions how and by whom he was recommended there to join. It also indicates his memoirs in Turkey. Discussing the International Islamic Colloquium of Lahore, it shows how his topic for the forum ‘The challenges of Modern Ideas and Social Values to Muslim Society’ distributed in print in English, Arabic and Urdu, was objected due to certain statements by the delegates from Syria and Egypt and demanded withdrawal of his paper. Dr Rahbar had to make certain changes and the proceedings of the colloquium came in 1960 excluded his paper. Before the colloquium started, its director Muhammad Asad resigned and did not even participate in any session. The article gives details of his visit to Turkey emerged through the letters to many known names of Urdu language and literature such as Mawlavi Abdul Haq, Mawlana Salahuddin Ahmed, Mushfiq Khawaja, Ijaz Husain Batalvi, Zia Mohyeddin, Syed Samad Husain Rizvi and Agha Babur.