Naiyer Masud (1936 – 24 July 2017) was an Urdu scholar and Urdu-language short story writer.
Masud was born in Lucknow and has spent nearly all his life there, working until his retirement as a Professor of Persian at Lucknow University.
Masud was the son of Syed Masud Hasan Rizvi ‘Adeeb’, also a Lucknow University Professor of Persian, a famed scholar of dastaan who was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for ‘Literature and Education’ in 1970. He is the elder brother of the noted satirist Azhar Masud.
ادب اور دانشوری، جس ذات میں یہ دونوں چیزیں جمع ہوگئی تھیں اُس کا نام نیر مسعود تھا۔ علامہ عقیل الغروی
Careers and honors
Masud is the author of many scholarly books and translations (notably of Kafka), but is best known for his short stories, collected in the volumes Ganjifa, Simiya, Itr-e-kaafoor, and Taoos Chaman Ki Myna. For the last, he was awarded the 2001 Urdu prize of the Sahitya Akademi and the Saraswati Samman in 2007.
He received the honor of being the subject of the entire 1997 issue of the Annual of Urdu Studies.
A large selection of his stories have been translated into English by M.U. Memon in the volumes The Snake Catcher and Essence of Camphor.
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