Dr. Tariq Rahman got his first doctorate (Ph.D) in English literature. Subsequently, he switched to linguistics taking an M.Litt in the subject. However, his major research publications are in language politics, linguistic history , educational linguistics and sociolinguistics relating to South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. That is why he describes himself as a South Asianist and a historian of language with focus on the Muslims of Pakistan and north India. It is on the basis of his published work of the last twenty-five years that his alma mater, the University of Sheffield, awarded him a higher doctorate (D.Litt) by examination. Dr. Rahman is also the first Pakistani to be awarded the highly prestigious Humbold Research Award from Germany. In Pakistan he has been given the HEC Lifetime Research Award and two presidential awards (Pride of Performance) and Sitara-i- Imtiaz.