ISTANBUL, 4 August 2012: The Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Urdu Language and Literature, organized a two days International Seminar on “Asian Writers and Literatures in the West,” here from 1-2 August 2012.
Dr. Rizwanur Rahman, Dr. Akhtar Husain (India), Mr. Tasleem Ilahi Zulfi (Pakistani Canadian), Dr. Ziyad Alwarashdeh (Jordan), Dr. Rahman Moshtagh Mehr (Iran), Dr. Halil Toker (host) presented their valuable papers. Some prominent Turkish scholars like Dr. Husain Yazici, Dr. Davut Ibrahimoglu, Dr. Ali Guzelyuz, Dr. Ablullah Kizilcik, Dr. Eyup Saritas, Dr. Omer Ishakoglu, Mrs. Arzu Terzi etc. also attended the Seminar.
All scholarly presentations dealt with the elements of nostalgia in the writings of Asian writers. Leaving from homeland could happen in different ways like, on one’s own wish, pressure of the regime, restrictions on the freedom for any reason, and homeland invasion. In all these conditions, longing and yearning affect the whole life of the writer/poet.
To honor the visiting literary scholar from Canada, Mr. Tasleem Ilahi Zulfi, Head of Urdu Department of Istanbul University Prof. Dr. Halil Toker hosted the evening session of the Seminar. The guest was later on awarded a shield of excellence. Mr. Zulfi later on presided over a multilingual poetry recitation.
Dr. M. Zahoor Sethi hosted a delicious “Iftar Dinner” for the participants.