Educational Qualifications

  • Three years Course at the Victoria Memorial High School, Bodinayakanur, Madurai District, Madras State from 1918-1921
    Subjects studied: English, British History, Indian History and Advanced Tamil under A&C Group

  • Two Years Intermediate Course at the American Mission College, Madurai from 1921-1923
    Subjects studied: Part I: English and Tamil; Part II: Optional subjects Tamil and History (British history, Greek history and Roman history)

  • Two Years B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Degree Government Mohamedan College, Mount Road, Madras from 1923-1925
    Subjects studied: Part I: English Part II: Arabic and Islamic history. (The American Mission College in Madurai and the Government Mohamedan College in Madras are both affiliated to the University of Madras.)

  • Two Years M.A. (Master of Arts) Degree at the Aligarh Muslim University from 1925-1927
    Main subjects: Arabic and Islamic history; Subsidiary subjects: Comparative grammar of Semitic languages – Hebrew and Syriac.

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree: Aligarh Muslim University. (Two years’ course). LLB, previous 1925-1926; Final 1926-1927;
    concurrent with the course for Master of Arts in the Muslim University, Aligarh.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree from the School of Oriental Studies, London, University of London, 1936-1938
    Subject of Thesis: Arab Geographers’ Knowledge of South India. (Did the research under the guidance of three Professors of the University of London, namely, Prof. Sir E. Denison Ross, Prof. Sir Hamilton A. R. Gibb and Prof. A.S. Tritton

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    Undated photograph of S.M. Hussain Nainar with his colleagues at Madras University.

    Career Trajectory

    Year Career
    1927-1954 Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, and Head, Department of Arabic, Persian and Urdu University of Madras
    1953-1955 Research Scholar to Indonesia on behalf of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of Education, Government of India
    1957-1960 Professor, Government Institute of Islamic Studies, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
    1961-1963 Professor, Department of Arabic, Urdu and Persian, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
    S.M. Hussain Nainar with colleagues and students of the Department of Arabic, Persian and Urdu at Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, 1962.