Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI:

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In this chapter, the author narrates her visit to Aligarh University and to the tomb of its founder, Sir Saiyid Ahmad. During the mid-nineteenth century, an Islamic Renaissance of a somewhat rationalist nature emerged in the Islamic world, led by such men as Sheikh Abdu and Jemaladdin-Afghani. This movement was the first attempt of the Islamic world to search for a modus vivendi with the Western Christian world. Sir Saiyid Ahmad represents the Indian side of it. The teaching in Aligarh is a reflection of an English university, with emphasis on Eastern rather than Western classics and the focus on traditional ceremonies. The author was given the honour of membership to the Students' Union, whose members include Abdur Rahman Qureshi. The author also attended a tea party, where the students discussed Islamic culture and the relations between Hindus and Muslims.

Keywords: Aligarh University; Saiyid Ahmad; Students' Union; Abdur Rahman Qureshi; Islamic Renaissance; Islamic culture

Chapter.  2850 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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