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Head of Department

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Associate Professor

Brief History of Department:

The Department of Arabic is one of the oldest Departments of Lucknow University, as it also existed during Canning college era. It was established along with other departments when University was founded in 1921. It started working with the single discipline Arabic Literature, but in later period it started running two more subjects: Arab Culture & Modern Arabic. Presently the Deptt. Offers courses in Arabic and Arab Culture from UG level to Ph.D. and post doctoral programs including a PG course in Modern Arabic. According to the record of University committee minutes Shams-ul-Ulama Maulavi Kamaluddin Ahmad was serving as the Head of the department of Arabic & Persian in 1922.

Arab origin scholar professor Khalil Arab joined the department in 1922 and played an important role in its development.

Professor Waheed Mirza, a Ph.D. from Oxford University a well known scholar, joined the department as professor and later became the Head and Dean of Arts faculty.

Professor Mohammad Rizwan Alavi (Ex Head (1971-1992 & Dean) is known as the most prominent contributor of the department; as during his tenure the department was strengthened and consolidated to high level. He added various subjects and courses as Arab culture, Modern Arabic, Diploma in Arabic and proficiency in Arabic. He established Arab culture as a full-fledged discipline which was being run earlier as a small course with the name of” Islamic Culture” in the department of History, and now it is a part of almost all associated colleges. In fact he boosted up the teaching and research, and brought national and international recognition to the department.

The pass outs of the Deptt. of Arabic are playing important role in shaping the society. Many of them are permanent contributors to the field of academic research and investigation; they are also holding important posts in major universities and academic institutions. It is a matter of pride for the department that a number of its products are serving as interpreters, researchers and in other valuable capacity in the Arab world.

Near about 2-3 students clear JRF/NET every year.

There are 7 permanent faculty members in the Department at present. (Eight posts are vacant). The teachers, staff and students are committed for excellence in teaching and research in the required thrust areas.

Teaching Methodology

  • Use of computers for practice of usages and use of online libraries.
  • Web portal.
  • Use of smart class equipped with Laptop, Speaker, Projector, etc.
  • Use of departmental and central libraries (It is in practice to go with the students to central library and to make them learn different techniques and use of encyclopedia and bibliographies).
  • Tutorial classes for the students lagging behind.
  • Group discussion, written assignment.
  • Student presentation, poetry reading, term papers.
  • Feedback

Heads of the Department:

It has been headed by following personalities:

  Shams ul Ulama Maulvi Kamaluddin Ahmad   1922 --- 1924
  Prof. Waheed Mirza ( Ph.D. from Oxford and Dean)       1954
  Prof. Shamsher Bahadur Samadi        
  Prof. Rizwan Alavi (Dean   1971 --- 1992
  Prof. Ubaidullah Farahi (well known Scholar Of Quranic Studies) Feb. 1992 --- 2003
  Prof Shabbir Ahmad Nadwi (President awardee) Dec. 2003 July 2008
  Prof. Shah Abdussalam ( UNESCO awardee) July 2008 Dec. 2008
  Prof. Ashfaq Ahmad (President awardee) Jan. 2009 My 2009
  Prof. K.K. Rastogi May 2009 Mar. 2011
  Prof. Shams Tabrez Khan (a very well known Arabic scholar) Mar. 2011 Dec. 2012
  Dr. Musheer Husain Siddiqui Jan. 2013   continue …….

Some Distinguished Alumni of the Department:

  Prof. Ziaul Hasan Nadwi   Ex - Dean Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  Prof. Aslam Islahi Dean School of Languages, JNU, Delhi
  Prof. Shah Abdussalam Ex - OSD, Raza Library, Rampur
  Dr. S. Waseem Akhtar V. C. Integral University, LKO
  Shri Arvind Singh Gope Minister (U.P. Government)
  Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi Fellow, Institute of Islamic Studies,                OXFORD—U.K.
  Dr. Ammar Rizvi Ex – Minister (U.P. Government)
  Prof. Habibullah Khan Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
  Mr. Sayyad Ahmad Governor (Jharkhand)
  Maulana Khalid Rasheed  FirangiMahli Noted Islamic Scholar
  Dr. Mohammad Ajmal Islahi Fellow, Institute of Research in Saudi Arabia.

Student Support:

  • The department supports the students for their jobs.
  • Teachers do proper counseling of the students.
  • A placement cell is established under a faculty member.
  • Student grievances cell is established.
  • Special grievances cell for the girl students.


  • The Department has one classroom.
  • One smart classroom.
  • Departmental Library (Prof. Mohammad Rizwan Alavi Library) containing around 1600 titles.
  • Some Journals are available on complimentary basis.
  • Language lab is already sanctioned; space for the same is required.
  • Department has 3 teacher’s rooms(classes also being taken the teacher’s rooms).