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Meet Northeastern Professor M. Shahid Alam

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Reading & Signing his new translation of

Intimations of Ghalib: Translations from the Urdu


These vibrant new versions of Ghalib's ghazals bring his wit and irreverence, as well as his devotion, to a 21st-century English-language audience afresh. In presenting multiple versions of many of these poems, Alam highlights the tonal complexity of Ghalib's work and both the limitations and possibilities of translation.


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M. Shahid Alam has been teaching economics at Northeastern University since 1988. Before coming to Northeastern, he had taught at University of Karachi, Queens University, Concordia University and Colgate University. Over the past several years, he has taught the following undergraduate courses: “Economic History of the Middle East”, “History of the Global Economy”, “Critique of Capitalism and Development Economics.” In Spring 2014, he offered a new course – “Critical Perspectives on Economics.” His research interests extend over the following questions – Dynamics of capitalism; Alternative approaches to the study of economics; Critiques of mainstream economics; Political economy of corruption; Economic stagnation in the Middle East since 1500s; and Qur’anic reasoning.

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