Ruth Laila Schmidt
Urdu language and literature, Pakistan: social and cultural conditions, linguistic structure; Shina language
Higher education and employment history
1994-2007 Professor of Urdu, University of Oslo
1992-1994, 1982-83, 1979-1980 Field director, University of California Berkeley Urdu Language Program (Lahore, Pakistan).
Ph.D., Oriental studies, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Linguistics, Columbia University
B.A., Near Eastern Languages, University of California, Berkeley
Daudpota Environmental Education Prize, 1996 (together with Razwal Kohistani) for an environmental primer in the Shina language
Razwal Kohistani is the foremost Shina-speaking researcher on Indus Kohistan. He is Assistant Manager for Finance and Administration in World Wildlife Fund for Nature-Pakistan and is also coordinator for research and publication of the Shina Research Forum-Karakorum in Pakistan.
Mohammad Manzar Zarin was until his retirement a field assistant with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is a Shina speaker who has worked with many foreign researchers.