Asad ur Rahman received his B.A. (Honors) degree in English from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and advanced degrees from Aligarh Muslim University in India and Cambridge University. While at London University, Rahman focused his research on late Victorian poetry. He is interested in what is generally called the courtly love tradition, and he has presented papers at international conferences on the subject.
Rahman also retains a deep interest in Urdu poetry and was one of the first people to hold mushairas (traditional poetry symposiums) in his New York home, dating from 1972. From 1951 to 1968, Rahman taught English literature at Aligarh Muslim University. He later joined the faculty of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) from which he retired in 1996. He has most recently edited and published a book written by his father entitled Noor ur Rahman, the Life and Teachings of a Sufi Saint of India.
Asad ur Rahman
Asad ur Rahman on what this festival means to him, both personally and more broadly.