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Muslim Politics and Leadership in South Asia (1876-92)
- Author:  Muhammad Yusuf Abbasi
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- ISBN: 978-969-415-134-2

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The book examines Muslim Politics in the South Asia During 1876 to 1892 in the backdrop of Aligarh Movement. The Muslim politics of Bengal, the Punjab, Bombay, Assam, Madras, Sindh and the North West Frontier Province now Khyber Pukhtunkhwa during these years remained a political void. Muslim politics was stimulated by Islamic sensibility all over India--from Karachi to Calcutta, and from Peshawar to Madras.


The Muslim awakening during this period was symbolized by the M.A.O. College Aligarh, the first Muslim institution for higher English education, and by the Central National Mahomedan Association, the first Muslim political organization. The Muslim began to adjust themselves towards English education and political institution. It was, as a result of this reorientation of outlook, that a new Muslim leadership was born in Bengal, the North-West Provinces (later known as U.P.), the Punjab, Bombay and Madras. During this period Muslims began their apprenticeship in political organization and propaganda. In this context, the Mahomadan Literary Society and the Central National Mahomedan Association represented the political microcosm which later grew into the All-India Muslim League.


In the incipient Muslim politics of this period, greater significance lay in the energetic efforts devoted to defining Muslim objections and demands in the fields of education, employment and representation. In highlighting the main themes of Muslim politics, the book analyses Muslim politics and leadership in all the provinces of British India. The focus largely rests on Muslims of those provinces from which Pakistan was originally curved out. Since the Muslim of the United Provinces (now uttar Pradesh) played comparatively a more significant role under Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, their services have been highlighted. But Muslims of Bombay and Madras also stand out promiently in certain fields. Bihar figures along with Bengal of which once it formed a part.


Muhammad Yusuf Abbasi, was born on 4 September 1921 in Gujranwala city got his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Punjab University. As President of Muslim Students Federation Gujranwala (1938-41), and later as Organizing Secretary of the District Muslim League participated in the Pakistan Movement, and in 1946 was jailed by the British Government. Taught for 5 years in degree colleges including the one in his home town, served in the Pakistan Military Academy as Instructor in History and Head of the Department of Modern Subjects (1949-75), and retired as Lt.Col. of the Army Education Corps. From 1962 to 1968 taught in the Government Colleges at Abuja, IIorin, and Kano in Nigeria, has been Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of History in Quaid-i-Azam University (1974-80). He also worked as Professor of History, and Chairman, Department of History and Pakistan Studies in Islamia University, Bahawalpur. He was a member of several learned bodies. He had published numerous research articles on South Asian and Islamic History in renowned journals. He also translated into Urdu Harold Lambs' Flame of Islam (as Sultan Salah-ud-Din), Pearl Buck's East and West Wind (as Naey Puraney) and Balzac's novelette (as La Marina). Some of his English poetry also appeared in journals and newspapers, was interested in literature and painting.


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