The publications section of the Gurmani Centre publishes an annual Urdu studies journal titled Bunyād as well as a student literary magazine titled Numūd. The Centre also collaborates with Sanjh Publications to publish a range of literary books in vernacular languages.

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by Sarmad Sehbai

Published: November 2020

Āṛē Tirčẖē Ā’īnē is the most comprehensive compilation of Sarmad Sehbai's stage plays that brings together his six Urdu plays and three Punjabi plays. Most of these plays were staged in Lahore during 1970-76. Taken together, they form a landmark collection that is also an invaluable psychological, social and cultural portrait of our individual and collective lives.

“Sarmad imperceptibly makes full use of wit that underpins the idiom of language evolved by cheerful and self-mocking Punjabi temperament over thousands of years.”

Mushtaq Soofi, Dawn

“Sarmad Sehbai’s Aarhay Terchay Aainay explores his journey of becoming an acclaimed playwright.”

Sarwat Ali, The News

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by Sohrab Sepehri

Translated by Moeen Nizami


Ā’īnoñ Kī Jhīl is a collection of Urdu translations of selected poems by Sohrab Sepehri. Sepehri was a popular Iranian poet known for his modern poetic style. His poetry is globally acclaimed and has been translated into more than ten languages. This collection hopes to introduce readers of Urdu to his poetry. The poems in this volume have been carefully selected and translated into Urdu by Moeen Nizami—a reknown poet, literary critic, and scholar. The book features the original Persian poems and their Urdu renditions side by side—offering a unique multilingual experience.

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The Gurmani Centre’s flagship journal Bunyād is an annually published journal of Urdu  Studies. It is devoted to disseminating cutting edge scholarship on Urdu literature,  linguistics, criticism, literary history, and translation studies. It aims to promote  advanced research and globally recognized best practices in these fields. Recognized by  the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan under category ‘Y’, the journal  features contributions by leading academics from across Pakistan as well as  international contributors. All editions of Bunyād can be found on a dedicated website designed to make  the journal widely accessible.

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Numūd is an annually published student-led magazine which features essays, short stories, travelogues, interviews, poems, and poetry  contributed by students from all over the university.


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Head of Publications

Fatima Fayyaz joined LUMS in 2019 after completing her Ph.D in Persian language and literature from University of Tehran, Iran. She has taught courses on comparative literature, the Shahnameh, and Persian language. Her knowledge of local and regional literary landscape is informed by her experience at various academic & publishing organizations such as the Research & Publication Center, National College of Arts (NCA) and the Bedil Dehlavi Foundation, Tehran.



Editor-in-Chief of Bunyād

Nasir Abbas Nayyar assumed editorship of Bunyād in February 2020, bringing his critical expertise and literary knowledge to the journal’s eleventh volume. Dr. Nayyar is Visiting Assistant Professor of Urdu Literature at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS. He holds a Ph.D. in Urdu Literature from the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, and a Postdoctoral Degree from the University of Heidelberg. He has remained the Director General of the Urdu Science Board, Lahore and is currently Professor of Urdu at the Punjab University, Lahore. His expertise in critical research comes from an extensive scholarly career spanning more than twenty-five years. His work deals with modern and postmodern literary theory, linguistics, modern Urdu literature, and postcolonialism.