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Pioneer Pakistan-born immigrant writes history. A man who came to Norway some 39 years ago publishes the first book in Urdu on Norway and some of its Ages. Labour Party (Ap) politician Khalid Mahmood, arrived in Norway in 1975. His new book covers the history of Norway from the Ice Age up to 1970. He spent three years authoring the unique publication, Tahrik Norway. The process also involved sending the manuscript for proofreading between the Norwegian capital’s Bryn and Lahore.

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Pioneer Pakistan-born immigrant writes history

Published on Monday, 10th February, 2014 at 14:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A man who came to Norway some 39 years ago publishes the first book in Urdu on Norway and some of its Ages.

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This magnificent site can be found in Luster municipality in Sogn og Fjordane County, western Norway. It is a late Neoglacial ('Little Ice Age') glacier.Nigardsbreen
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Labour Party (Ap) politician Khalid Mahmood, arrived in Norway in 1975. His new book covers the history of Norway from the Ice Age up to 1970.

He spent three years authoring the unique publication, Tahrik Norway. The process also involved sending the manuscript for proofreading between the Norwegian capital’s Bryn and Lahore.

“The people in Pakistan who have assisted me are skilled,” Mr Mahmood told NRK. “They have found words [in Urdu], but didn’t understand them sometimes and made misinterpretations that I have had to correct, before sending my work back to them for proofreading again.”

Born in the Punjab region’s Mehta Losar in 1959, he was among some of the early immigrants from Pakistan to be given Norwegian citizenship. He then went on to become a politician, leading the 2009 17th May Committee for Oslo.

The Norwegian broadcaster also reported him telling them he has become extremely interested in events such as the Christianisation of Norway, Norwegian saints, the Reformation, and the Haugean Movement. This took its name from Norwegian lay Evangelist Hans Nielsen Hauge (3 April 1771 – 29 March 1824).

Mr Mahmood stresses that he made especially sure he explained things well when it came to religion. This is due to the subject’s sensitivity, especially when written/read by persons of another religious denomination.

Hi book is due to be launched in Pakistan capital Lahore sometime this month, as well as in Gujarat - a state in India’s north-western coastal region.

Lahore’s religions include Shia or Sunni Muslims, Christians, Baha’i, Hindus, and Sikhs. People in Gujarat follow Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism, amongst others.

Khalid Mahmood hopes his book will have broad reach in Pakistan, and plans to start on another about Pakistani immigrants in Norway post 1970 at some stage.



Published on Monday, 10th February, 2014 at 14:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: immigrationnorway, pakistan.





  
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