Ajab is a portmanteau of my full name, and ʿajab (عجب) means ‘wonder, marvel, astonishment’ in languages like Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts on history, literature, philology, and above all, an abiding wonder with language. More about me at my website.

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A blog about language, history, literature, and philology.


Professor of sundry Persianate things. Writing about philology (Persian, Urdu, Semitic), language, literature, history, Muslim and Jewish stuff, Marxism