Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo

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Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo
Born13 August 1915
Terath Laki, District Dadu, British India (now Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan)
Died9 November 2017(2017-11-09) (aged 102)

Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo (Sindhi: محمد ابراهيم جويو‎, Urdu: محمد ابراہيم جویو‎; 13 August 1915 – 9 November 2017), born to Muhammad Khan Joyo, was a teacher, writer, scholar and Sindhi nationalist. He was born in the village of Abad near Laki, Kotri, Dadu, now in Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan. He was considered the living legend of Sindhi literature, who had written, translated and edited hundreds of books and brochures. He was affiliated with the Theosophical Society.[1]

On Thursday, 13 August 2015, Joyo entered centennial of his life.[2][3][4][5]

Joyo received his early education from local village. He got education from Luki and Sann. He then passed his matriculation from Sindh Madarsatul Islam in 1934. In 1938, Joyo passed B.A. from DG Sindh College; University of Bombay. He went to Bombay for TP education.


Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo was appointed as a teacher in Sindh Madrasatul Islam in 1941. He wrote a book entitled Save Sindh, Save the Continent.[6][7][8][9] This work angered the administration authorities, causing a conflict with Pir Ilahi Bux who ordered Joyo's removal from his job. However, he got a new job in Thatta Municipal High School.

Later on, he was transferred to Hyderabad at training college. He was appointed as secretary of Sindhi Adabi Board in 1951. In 1961, Joyo retired from his job. Again, he was offered the same job a number of times. He was secretary of Sindhi Adabi Board till 1973. He was also involved with Sindh Textbook Board and served as chairman of the Sindhi Adabi Board.

Joyo has translated and written a number of books. He had many translations of famous European books to his credit. He has been writing on Sindh and Sindhi for 70 years.

In 2013, he received a literary award from the Pakistan Academy of Letters.[10] and also honorary degrees from the renowned universities.[11]

He had written many story books and text books for school children, prefaces, debates and a lot of essays.

Joyo was well-learned about History of Intellectual Development of Europe by J W Draper. He also read diverse writers such as Plutarch, Rousseau, Chekhov and Brecht.[12]


Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo died at the age of 102 at his elder son's residence in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan on 9 November 2017.[13]


  1. ^ Parekh, Rauf (9 April 2013). "Ibrahim Joyo: a nonagenarian intellectual". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ "The literati genius: Sindh celebrates 100 years of Ibrahim Joyo - The Express Tribune". 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ Sindhu, Amar (14 October 2013). "COLUMN: The awakened and the awakener: Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo".
  4. ^ "Learning education from Joyo - TNS - The News on Sunday".
  5. ^ "Sindhi Adabi Board Online Library (سنڌي ادبي بورڊ)".
  6. ^ "Taking pains: Ibrahim Joyo's 'Save Sindh, Save the Continent' translated into Sindhi". The Express Tribune. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  7. ^ Muḥammadu Ibrāhīmu Joyo (1946). Save Sindh, Save the Continent: From Feudal Lords, Capitalists and Their Communalisms. Creative Communications, Sindh Democratic Party. p. 126. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  8. ^ "SAVE SINDH – SAVE CONTINENT". Retrieved 12 September 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "SINDH BACHAYO – KHAND BACHAYO (Save Sindh – Save the Continent)".
  10. ^ Masood, Tariq (19 December 2013). "Lifetime achievement: Ibrahim Joyo gets highest literary award". The Express Tribune (Pakistan). Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Nabi Bux, Ibrahim Joyo awarded honorary degrees".
  12. ^ "Learning education from Joyo - TNS - The News on Sunday". TNS - The News on Sunday. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  13. ^ Noted writer Ibrahim Joyo passes away aged 102

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