• Dr. Samina Saif Assistant Professor, Department of Urdu, Government Graduate College for Women, Samanabad, Lahore
  • Dr. Nasima Rehman Associate Professor, Department of Urdu, G.C. University, Lahore


syed waqar azeem, critic, urdu fiction, stylistic evaluation, religion, civilization, culture, psychology


Syed Waqar Azeem is considered to be among the preliminary critics and trendsetters in defining the traditions and history of Urdu fiction. The structure of his diverse critical ideologies is basically a blend of literature, civilization, culture, religion and society. He possesses a strong mastery over the different modes of fiction. He does not ignore contemporary consciousness when he makes a critique on fiction. Resultantly, his criticism is not only limited to fiction's psychological, social, and aesthetic values rather it also mirrors different collections of prose and ideological movements in general and the evolutionary stages of Dastan to Afsana in particular. He has set a standard of fiction through his unbiased and witty beliefs. The critique of Urdu fiction has been introduced with new dimensions due to critical insights provided by him.


References: (Roman Urdu)

Waqar Azeem, Syed, Fort William College: Tehreek aur Tareekh, Lahore: Al Waqar Publications, 2018, p: 161

Waqar Azeem, Syed, Dastan se Afsaney tak, Lahore: Al Waqar Publications, 2016, p: 12

Waqar Azeem, Syed, Hamari Dastanen, Lahore: Al-Waqar Publications, 2015, p: 10

Ibid, p: 88

Ibid, p: 162

Ibid, p: 278

Ibid, p: 302

Waqar Azeem, Syed, Funn aur Funnkar, Lahore: Urdu Markaz, Taba Awwal, 1966, p: 91

Waqar Azeem, Syed, Hamari Dastanen, p: 376

Gyan Chand, Urdu ki Nasri Dastanen, Karachi: Anjuman-e Taraqqi-e Urdu Pakistan,

Ishaat Sawam, 2014, p: 543

Muzaffar Iqbal, Syed, Bihar mein Urdu Nasar ka Irtiqa, Patna: Kitab Khana, Taba Awwal, 1980, p: 242

Ibadat Barelvi, Dr., Urdu Tanqeed ka Irtiqa, Karachi: Anjuman-e Taraqqi-e Urdu Pakistan, Ishaat Hashtam, 2019, p: 327

Mir Aman, Bagh o Bihar, Murattab: Syed Waqar Azeem, Lahore: Urdu Ghar, 1952, p: 12

Valla, Mazhar Ali Khan, Betal Pacheesi, Murattab: Syed Waqar Azeem, Karachi: Urdu Academy Sindh, 1987, p: Noon

Abdullah, Syed, Isharaat Tanqeed, Lahore: Sang-e-Meel Publications, 2011, p: 200

Irtza Karim, Urdu Fiction ki Tanqeed, Lahore: Malik Book Depo, Ishaat Awwal, 1997, p: 200



How to Cite

Dr. Samina Saif, and Dr. Nasima Rehman. “THE ROLE OF SYED WAQAR AZEEM IN URDU DASTANI CRITICISM”. Zaban-O-Adab, vol. 15, no. 2, Dec. 2022, pp. 28-43, //