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Abid Ali Abid (Urdu/Persian: سید عابد علی عابد) was an Urdu and Persian poet and educator who was born on 17 September 1906 in Dera Ismail Khan, British India and died in Lahore, Pakistan on 20 January 1971.



He was well known for his literary criticism and had hundreds of students, many of them now themselves poets and writers.[citation needed] He wrote many books on literary criticism in Urdu and Persian. He also initiated and edited several literary journals, one of which is Sahifa-Lahore. He also was one of the initial drama writers and feature writers at the newly established Radio Pakistan Lahore in the late 1940s and 1950s. He was one of the story and dialogue writers of the first sound film (talking film) of Heer Ranjha (1931).[citation needed] He survived three heart attacks but succumbed to the fourth in 1971.[1]


Son of Syed Ghulam Abbas, he was the eldest brother of eight siblings. Sisters Zahra, Mehmooda, Saeeda and Shamim, and brothers Farzand, Jawad and Mehmood. Later, one of his daughters Shabnam Shakeel followed the footsteps of her father, and became a poet based in Islamabad. His only son Syed Menoo Chehr served as Secretary to Government of the NWFP in various departments as well as Chief settlement Commissioner, NWFP and was retired as Member Board of Revenue and is also the author of two biographical treaties titled Mere Shab-o-Roz and karwan-e-Guzran and a novel Azmaish Dil-o-Nazar ki.[citation needed]

Selected workEdit

Books and poetryEdit

For a detailed list see [1]

  • Talismaat (The Magic), Urdu fiction, Hashmi Book Depot Lahore, Pakistan
  • Shahbaz Khan, Urdu fiction, ISBN 969-35-0721-5, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Pakistan
  • Main Kabhi Ghazal na Kahta, Urdu poetry, ISBN 969-35-0181-0, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Pakistan
  • Usool-E-Intequade-Adabiyat (Rules of Literary Criticism)
  • Shar-i-Iqbal, (A criticism of Iqbal's Poetry), ISBN 969-35-1436-X / 969351436X, Sang-e-Meel Publications, Pakistan
  • Political Theory of the Shi'ties, Part of the history of Muslim philosophy.
  • Asloob, an Urdu book on literary criticism
  • Albayan, an Urdu book on literary criticism
  • Al Badeeh (Mohsinaat e Shairi Ka Intaqadi Jaiza): (Criticism of the Characteristics of Urdu poetry)


  1. ^ a b c Urdu text book for BA, Published by Prince Books, Lahore Pakistan, 2005 (A book for Urdu as elective subject in BA)[citation needed]

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