Prof. Mukhtaruddin Ahmad `Arzoo
By Afzal Usmani
Born: 14th November 1924 in Patna Bihar
Died: 30th June 2010 at Aligarh and buried at Muslim University graveyard "Mintoee"
Fathers Name: Maulana Zafaruddin Qadri Rizvi (Resident of Azimabad (Patna) and a disciple of Maulana Ahmad Raza Khan Bareilvi)
1958: D.Phil. Oxford University (Under the able guidance of Prof. Hamilton A.R. Gibb)
1953: Ph.D. AMU-Aligarh (Under the able guidance of Maulana Abdul Aziz Meman)
M.A. (Arabic)-1949 AMU Aligarh
Lecturer, Department of Arabic AMU Aligarh: 1953, Reader:Islamic studies and Deputy Director of Institute of Islamic Studies: 1958
Professor and Chairman in Department of Arabic: 1968, Dean, Faculty of Arts: 1975
Editor: Journal of Islamic Studies, MAJALLAT AL-MAJMA AL-ILMI AL-HINDI, Ghalib Number of Aligarh Magazine
Member Editorial Board: Ma’arif: Monthly Journal of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy
Awards : Certificate of Honor from President of India
Ghalib Award: 1983
Sir Syed Life Time Achievement Award: Aligarh Alumni Association of New York US: 2007
Founder Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic & Farsi University, Patna: 1988
Books: Karbal Katha, Khutoot-e-Akbar, Saire-Dehli, Tazkarah Azurdah, Tazkarah Gulshan-e- Hind, Tazkarah Shoara-e-Farrukhabad, Diwaan-e-Huzoor, Ahwaal-e-Ghalib and Naqad-e-Ghalib. Edited: Zakir Sahib Ke Khat, Vol. III.
Prof. Mukhtaruddin Ahmad `Arzoo were born in a religious family of Maulana Zafaruddn Qadri Rizvi of Patna (also known as Azimabad in the past). He completed his primary education from Jamia Islamia Shamsul-Huda, Patna. He successfully completed the course of Maulvi and Alimiat from Madarsah examination board and secured distinction in Fazilat examination. He completed his matriculation from University of Patna in 1943 and joined Aligarh Muslim University for higher education. He completed M.A. in Arabic in 1949 and joined Ph.D. under the guidance of Maulana Abdul Aziz Memon, a word renowned Arabic scholar, Professor and Chairman Department of Arabic, AMU Aligarh and disciple of Deputy Nazir Ahmad. He became renowned after Editing the famous Ghalib Number of Aligarh Magazine. After completing his Ph.D. he joined Department of Arabic as Lecturer in 1953. In the same year he received Rock Fuller fellowship for research in Middle-East and England. He traveled to Germany, France, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq for educational purposes. He also stayed in Holland for couple of months and worked in Leiden University Library. He wrote the thesis under the guidance of Prof. Hamilton A.R. Gibb in Oxford University to receive his D.Phil. In 1958, he became Reader in Islamic studies and Deputy Director of Institute of Islamic Studies at AMU Aligarh. He started journal of Islamic Studies and was its Editor for 12 years. In 1968 he became Professor and Chairman in Department of Arabic. He became Dean, faculty of Arts in 1975. He was Editor for AJALLAT AL-MAJMA AL-ILMI AL-HINDI for number of years. For his contributions to Arabic and Farsi research work, he received Ghalib Award in 1983. After retirement he is staying in Aligarh and busy in his research. Well known critic and Urdu write Intizar Hussain said: “And how can I forget those two distinguished scholars, Dr Mukhtaruddin Aarzoo and Prof Asloob Ahmad Ansari, who after retirement have chosen to lead a secluded life focusing on research and study”.
On 10th April, 1998, Prof. Mukhtaruddin Ahmad Arzoo was appointed as Founding Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic & Persian University in Patna.
Prof. Mukhtaruddin Ahmad Arzoo died on 30th June 2010 at his residence in Aligarh and buried at Muslim University graveyard "Mintoee". A large number of his colleagues, friends, students, well wishers and family members attend ed the Janazah. I was fortunate enough to be in town and attend the Janazah of Prof.Mukhtaruddin Ahmad Arzoo.