This lecture meant to go up much earlier and is something of a favourite of mine. Mehr Afshan Farooqi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia, discusses the important role of Quranic exegesis written in Urdu in the development of the language. Helpfully, she also traces briefly the early history of Urdu, a subject that remains surprisingly muddled in the popular imagination of South Asia. We are grateful to the Hindu-Urdu Flagship program at University of Texas, Austin, which hosted the lecture, for posting it online here.
Mehr Farooqi: Quranic Exegesis and the Development of Urdu in the 18th Century from Hindi Urdu Flagship on Vimeo.