History, Identity, and Faith Zakaullah

Mushirul Hasan

in A Moral Reckoning

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195691979
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081691 | DOI:
History, Identity, and Faith Zakaullah

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This chapter explores the questions of history, identity and faith through a detailed analysis of the life, times and writings of Muhammad Zakaullah's. The author begins by describing how Ramchander, Muhammad Zakaullah's chief intellectual mentor, and one of the first converts to Christianity in Delhi, was accused of converting Zakaullah to Christianity. Nazir Ahmad came to Zakaullah's defense, saying that his friend believed in tauhid with His full attributes as understood in Islam. Indeed, Zakaullah never denigrated Islamic ideals. While he admired some aspects of Christianity and found the truths embodied in Jesus Christ's message to be profoundly appealing, he did not think of changing his religion. This chapter explores the social and cultural damage caused by the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in order to understand the context of Zakaullah's expanding intellectual horizon.

Keywords: Muhammad Zakaullah; Nineteenth century India; Islam in India; religion; Indian Rebellion of 1857; Delhi history; Muslim identity; Muslim faith

Chapter.  20815 words. 

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