Author: Asloob A. Ansari (editor)
Publisher: Adam Publishers & Distributors (2001)
Pages: 496 Binding: Hardcover
Description from the publisher:
Thrown up by a highly plausible amalgam of religion and mystical ethos and at a critical junction in a cyclical history of Indian Muslims Sir Syed is by common consent a unique phenomon, indeed. He concentrated on galvanizing his co-religionists, to pull them out of the morass of degradation they had fallen into consequent on the trauma of 1857. Not confrontation but rapproachment and reconciliation with the Britishers was major plank of his policy. His radical achievements were: he planned the Strategy of Survival for the Muslims, and he made them develop their sense of self-identity in the pluralistic society of India. He advocated a judicious harmonization of traditionalism and the new structures of thought evolved in the West ans accessible to Indians mainly through the medium of the English language. He helped Muslims emerge out of the Medieval into the modern era. To dub Sir Syed as a stooge of the British and characterize the corpus of his writings as ' colonial discourse' is downright silly and obnoxious. He was a patriot to the core of his being and one of the major architects of modern India. Attempt has been made in this collection of articles to look at his colossal personality and achievements from diverse viewpoints and the editor has chosen to abstain from reducing this diversity to a unified whole.