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Interpreting Islam and Modernism Nazir Ahmad

Mushirul Hasan

in A Moral Reckoning

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195691979
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081691 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195691979.003.0004
Interpreting Islam and Modernism Nazir Ahmad

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Nazir Ahmad was not only a novelist but also a versatile scholar, a gracious teacher, and a social reformer. He and Sayyid Ahmad built a reputation as defenders of the same ideal: the harmony of faith and reason. Nazir Ahmad's novels mirror the Indian society. He saw women being cloistered in the private realm of the family, and knew that the reach of Islam's ideals of equality and gender justice was severely constrained by the institution of marriage that empowered men and disempowered women. Nazir Ahmad took part in debates that offer a glimpse into north India's social, political, and intellectual history. Citing the Koran and the numerous Hadis, he argued that the theoretical equality of all Muslims should be put into practice. This chapter examines Nazir Ahmad's views on Islam and modernism as well as purdah, polygamy, and Muslim women's rights, as well as his affirmative uses of rhetoric.

Keywords: Nazir Ahmad; Sayyid Ahmad; Nineteenth century India; Islam and modernism; Indian Muslims; Rhetoric; Hadis; The Koran; Muslim family; women's rights; purdah

Chapter.  22045 words.  Illustrated.

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