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Friday, March 04, 2005

Urdu and the Queen?


Never imagined that Queen Victoria might have known Urdu. Here's a page from her diary. For those of you who can read it, what does it say?

2 Comments:

  • At 3/04/2005 05:18:00 PM, Blogger Aliya said…

    From what I can make out of the Urdu, she has written out in urdu the same thing that she has written in English. I am surprised too! Not many second generation Pakistani-Canadians I know can read and write urdu, so for Queen Victoria to know it is pretty impressive.

     
  • At 3/05/2005 06:09:00 PM, Blogger dawud al-gharib said…

    i would guess it was used as a 'court language', along the lines of the secret (code)languages used... the royalty (i don't know if it was Victoria) sponsored John Dee, a magician (occultist) to help them create an unbreakable code language - and you end up with the Enochian tablests, the Tempest (yes, the Shakespeare play, long a literary puzzle for it's 'wild, noble savage' and 'fair damsel' (two characters, supposedly representing the West in the play, which by this reading is considered to be pro-colonialist)

    and it's way too late, i'm talking about strange things i only know because i was precocious, read too much before i became a muslim - and things you REALLY don't need to know to get about in life, or be a muslim. aywa ;)

     

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