The ascendency of the British in India after the revolt of 1857 brought Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to the forefront of Muslim politics. He evaluated the causes of the Mutiny and realised that there was a huge gulf between the rulers and the ruled. The Muslims were blamed for the uprising and this reduced them to sheer poverty. He decided to take a stand and to fight for their rights. But they were not ready to stand for themselves. They called him names and issued Fatwa against his movement for spreading western education among the Muslims. But finally after a long battle with orthodoxy, he was able to open the M.A.O. College in 1877, which later became the Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The University organises the Sir Syed Memorial Lecture each year to commemorate the great sacrifies rendered by its founder and one of the greatest Muslim reformers of India - Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
In this volume he is viewed from the lens of different scholars who talked about his life, work, Movement and his relevance in the present day.
The indebtedness which the Muslims of India owe to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan can never be expressed in words. Though his name is associated with the Aligarh Movement and the foundation of Aligarh Muslim University, but the services he rendered to his country in general and community in particular is unparalleled in history.
Syed Ahmad Khan was a witness to the new system of government which devoured the rich and the poor alike. His decision of establishing the Scientific Society was not only a beginning of a change, but a beginning of a new era of learning.
Visionaries like Sir Syed Ahmad Khan are born, in centuries. We are fortunate to be a part of the institute which had been a dream of his lifetime. This book is a part of that programme which unravels the personality of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan through the lens of great scholars. This book will throw light on many unknown aspects of Sir Syed’s life and works and will be a boon for scholars working on The Aligarh Movement.
Chapter 1: National Integration and Secularism (Dr. Tara Chand, 1968)
Chapter 2: The Aligarh Movement (Professor H.K. Sherwani, 1969)
Chapter 3: Aligarh Maazi Va Haal (Past and Present) (Professor Rasheed Ahmad Siddiqui, 1970)
Chapter 4: Nationalism in India (Niharranjan Ray, 1972)
Chapter 5: University Education for National Development (Professor R.C. Mehrotra, 1985)
Chapter 6: Iqbal Aur Qaumi Yakjehti (Syed Muzaffar Hussain Burni, 1986)
Chapter 7: Basic Oneness of all Religions: With Special Reference to Hinduism and Islam (Dr. B.N. Pande, 1987)
Chapter 8: In Search of Unity and Secularism (Justice Jagmohan Reddy, 1988)
Chapter 9: Is Islam Secular? (Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, 1988)
Chapter 10: Will India Stay Secular? (Kuldeep Nayyar, 1993)
Chapter 11: Vision of a Good Society (Dr. Abid Hussain, 1994)
Chapter 12: Musalmaano Kay Paspaai Kay Asbaab (Syed Hamid, 2003)
Chapter 13: Sir Syed and His Relevance to the Present Day (Siddharth Shankar Ray, 2004)
Chapter 14: Secularism and Indian Popular Cinema (Shyam Benegal, 2005)
Chapter 15: From Antiquary to Social Revolutionary: Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Colonial Experience (S.R. Faruqi, 2006)
Chapter 16: Muslims and Modernity: Relevance of Sir Syed in 2010 (M.J. Akbar, 2010)
Chapter 17: India’s Democracy – What it Means for her Minorities (Wajahat Habibullah, 2011)
Chapter 18: The Inheritance of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: A View from the West (Professor Gordon Campbell, 2013)
Chapter 19: Liberalism in the Age of Extremes (Dr. Ramchandra Guha, 2014)
Chapter 20: Environmental Concerns and Strategies for Sustainable Development (Rajen Habib Khwaja, 2015)
List of Contributors