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Professor Ralph Russell SI (Urdu: رالف رَسَل) was a British scholar of Urdu literature and a Communist. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, UK. He taught Urdu and Urdu literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and also in universities in India and Pakistan. He wrote articles and essays in Urdu and English, and attended literary seminars and workshops on the subject of his specialization.

Ralph was born on May 21, 1918 in Hammerton in North Yorkshire, England and died peacefully on September 14, 2008. For much of his life he was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz in recognition of his great services to Urdu language and literature by Government of Pakistan.


  • Three Mughal Poets, 1968
  • Ghalib, life and letters, 1969
  • New course in Urdu and spoken Hindi for learners in Britain
  • The pursuit of Urdu literature 1992
  • Selections from the Persian Ghazals of Ghalib with Translations 1997
  • An Anthology of Urdu Literature 1999
  • How not to write the history of Urdu literature 1999
  • The Famous Ghalib 2000
  • The Oxford India Ghalib: Life, Letters and Ghazals 2003
  • The Seeing Eye: Selection from the Urdu and Persian Ghazals of Ghalib 2003
  • Urdu in Britain (Ed), 1982
  • Ghalib: The Poet and his Age (Ed) 1997


  • Findings, keepings: Life, Communism and everything 2001
  • Losses, Gains

In Urdu

  • Urdu Adab ki Justuju (Urdu Transaltion of The Pursuit of Urdu Literature by MUhammad Sarwar Rija) 2003
  • Juyinda Yabinda (Urdu Transaltion of his autobiography by Arjumand Ara) 2005

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