Mohammad J. Warsi
Mohammad J. Warsi (M J Warsi) joined the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in 2006. Prior to Washington University in St. Louis he taught at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (2001-2003), and University of California at Berkeley, USA (2003-2005). Prof. Warsi received his M.A. in Linguistics (1993), M.Phil. in Linguistics (1994), and PhD in Linguistics (1998) from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Since 1998 his research and teaching have consistently focused on South Asian languages, linguistics, and cultural studies.
Prof. Warsi is the recipient of the James E. McLeod Faculty Award for the year 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis. A gold medalist from Aligarh Muslim University and a West Bengal Urdu Academy award holder, his academic findings are helping understand the efficacy of the common contact in languages, culture, and identity. His academic and professional contributions have not gone unidentified. In 2005, Prof. Warsi was named an "unsung hero" by the Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, USA for his "extraordinary contribution" in academic and personal matters. More than 4000 students submitted nominations, chronicling extraordinary acts of kindness and dedication that had either rescued them from failure or personal tragedy or transformed their lives.
He was awarded a $25000 grant by South Asia Language Resource Centre, University of Chicago, USA (2009). a Freeman Foundation Grant by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (2002), and Mini Professional Development grant by University of California at Berkeley, USA (2004). He was also invited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme (Cardiff, UK) as an examiner in 2007.
Prof. Warsi has served as an expert on many panels and committees regarding linguistics and related areas. He also served as an UGC observer to many universities, overseeing the selection process for academic positions. He served as a member of sociolinguistics panel with the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, Ministry of HRD Government of India. Prof. Warsi is currently one of the members of the State Urdu Advisory Board constituted by the Government of Bihar in 2015, and also serving as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, Bihar School Examination Board, Patna, Bihar since 2012.
Prof. Warsi has authored and edited 7 books, so far, and has published over 40 widely cited research papers on various topics in linguistics in national and international journals. Prof. Warsi has also presented papers, chaired sessions, and delivered invited talks in over 50 national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He is a Life member of Linguistic Society of India, Pune and Dravidian Linguistic Association, Thiruvananthapuram. He also served as a member of Linguistic Research Committee, Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Allahabad. Besides his academic writings, he writes columns and edits page articles in main stream media (English, Urdu and Hindi) including: Hindustan Times; Asian Age; The Hindu; Deccan Herald; BBC Hindi; Hindustan Hindi; Inquilab Urdu; and Rashtriya Sahara Urdu.
Prof. Warsi was honored with the 2014 Pravasi Bihari Saman Puraskar award by the Government of Bihar in recognition of his services in the field of education and social work. The award is the highest award given to any non-resident by the Bihar government.
Prof. Warsi is better known for his recent discovery of a new dialect spoken by the minority Muslim community in certain districts of northern Bihar that has no written record or name. He wrote a grammar guide on this dialect titiled, "Mithilanchal Urdu: A newly discovered dialect of Bihar," which was published in 2014 by LINCOM Europa, Germany. Prof. Warsi expresses that the convergence of a dialect into a language is a symbol and pride of the people who speak it.
The following is a list of sources in which Prof. Warsi has published papers: Indian Linguistics (Pune); PILC Journal Dravidic Studies (Pondicherry); Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics (New Delhi); International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics (Thiruvananthapuram); Sanchar Madhyam, IIMC (New Delhi); South Asian Language Review (an online Journal from New Delhi); Aligarh Journal of Linguistics (AMU Aligarh); Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi); Language Discourse and Writing, MGIH University (Wardha); Journal of Objective Studies (New Delhi); Communicator, Journal of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, (New Delhi); Language in India (an online Journal from USA), Tehzibul Akhlaq (AMU Aligarh); South Asia Language Pedagogy and Technology (USA); Vidura, Press Institute of India, Asian Geographic, (Singapore); and South Asian Cultural Studies, Edge Hill University, (UK).
Some of Prof. Warsi’s prominent publications include; (1) Evaluation of Media Reach and Effectiveness: A Linguistic Exercise (2009), published by LINCOM Euoropa, Germany; (2) Linguistic Dynamism in South Asia, edit (2008), Gyan Publications, New Delhi, India; (3) Language and Communication (2003), Creative Publications, New Delhi, India; (4) zaban-o-tarseel (2015), National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, New Delhi, India.
Many of Prof. Warsi’s publications serve another purpose as course content/curriculum at various universities.