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Muslims in India

Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi


180 pages / Published: 30th April 2019


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In this collection of nine essays on Islam in India, Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi illuminates the truth of the historical "Muslim era" in India. Nadwi seeks to both share Indian culture with others and to broaden the national perspective in India on the nation’s Islamic history.

The essays in this slim volume are explorations ranging from the positive effects of Islam on India historically to modern day problems, such as imbalanced textbooks and Urdu’s status as a second-class language. There are exhaustive essays on Indian scholars of religion and language, outstanding Muslim personalities, and Sufi saints. Nadwi explores how Islamic civilisation in this region has manifested itself as a blend with Indian culture. He devotes individual chapters to both the medieval educational system and the new educational institutions founded in the age of and in fear of foreign influence. A chapter on the role of Muslims in the struggle for freedom begins with Tipu Sultan in the early part of British imperialism and continues on all the way through partition.

Broad in its scope and detailed in its execution, Muslims in India is an enthusiastic look at the beautiful culture that has flourished at the juncture of India and Islam throughout the ages.


Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi




Abul-Hasan Ali Nadwi of India was born in Orank Abad in 1913 and was one of the most prolific Islamic scholars of the 20th Century. He founded the Indian Islamic Academy and dedicated his life to the teaching and propagation of Islam in India and other countries. He was a member of the Arabic language academies of Syria and Jordan, the Advisory Council of the Islamic University of Medina (Saudi Arabia), the Association of Islamic Universities and the Jordanian Aal-al-Bait Foundation for Research in Islamic Civilisation. He was also a founding member of the Islamic World League and a founding chairman of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the UK. He served as a professor of Hadith, Tafseer, Arabic Literature and Logic in Darul Uloom College in Aligarth. He died in December, 1999.

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