An Introduction to Sindhi

Sindhi is a major world language and one of the great literary languages of Islamic civilization,  with nearly 19 million Sindhi speakers in Pakistan, more than a million in India and growing numbers in communities throughout the world.   Yet this language of poetic masterpieces like the Risalo of the great sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, remains little known and neglected even among scholars of the Subcontinent and of Islam.  Addleton and Brown’s work for the first time offers linguists, students of religion, anthropologists, and second generation Sindhis in the West a practical and systematic introduction to the vocabulary and grammar of spoken and written Sindhi.

First developed for English speakers living and working in southern Pakistan,  Addleton and Brown’s work has recently been revised and updated, and is now the best available pedagogical introduction to Sindhi for English speakers.


Sindhi: An Introductory Course will be of interest not only to linguists and scholars, but to anyone interested in the culture, language and heritage of the Sindhi people. 

Hubert Addleton holds degrees from Columbia International University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has done graduate work at Hartford Seminary and the University of Chicago.   Addleton lived in Sindh for 34 years, where he pioneered a new translation of the New Testament into Sindhi.  He is a native of Macon, Georgia, where he now serves as pastor.  

Pauline Brown graduated from Gordon College in 1950 with a degree in theology and pursued further studies at the Summer Institute of Linguistics,  Kennedy School of Missions, and Wheaton Graduate School.   She lived in Sindh between 1954 and 1989, and supervised Sindhi language instruction for American and Canadian workers in Sindh.