Afzal, Omar

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AFZAL, Omar. American (born India), b. 1939. Genres: Education. Career: Gauhati University, Dibrugarh, India, teacher of English literature, 1965-68; American Institute of Indian Studies, teacher of Urdu and Hindi, 1970-72; Delhi University, Delhi, India, teacher of English language and literature, 1972-73; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Southeast Asia assistant, 1973-, chairperson of Center for Research and Communication, and adviser to MECA. Committee for Crescent Observation International, committee chairperson; Forum, national coordinator, 1981-96. Publications: The Life of Muhammad (biography), 1971; Aap ki uljhane, 1972; Issues in the Lunar Calendar, 1988; Calculating Prayer Times, 1993; (ed., with N.H. Barazangi and M.R. Zaman) Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice, 1996. Author of poetry under pseudonym Athar. Contributor of stories to magazines. Address: 180 Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, U.S.A. Online address: [email protected]