MUNIBUR RAHMAN retired in 1994 as Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Before coming to the USA in 1970, he was the Director of the Department of Islamic Studies in Aligarh Muslim University, India. He has published nine books, including four poetry collections, and has contributed many articles to scholarly journals as well as to the Encyclopaedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia Iranica. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now legally blind, he “writes” his poetry on a Dictaphone. By critical consensus he is considered a major voice in the evolution of modern Urdu poetry.