A Negotiated Landscape <i>Istanbul to Dilli</i>

Mushirul Hasan

in Between Modernity and Nationalism

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063322
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080502 | DOI:
A Negotiated Landscape Istanbul to Dilli

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This chapter discusses the historical ties between Turkey and India. Among these is the government of India’s decision to back a medical mission to Turkey in December 1912, because it wanted to soften the impact of the growing pan-Islamic euphoria. The mission spent eight months in Turkey providing medical relief and courting leading Turkish and Arab nationalists. The flow of knowledge and ideas between India and Turkey began through the Naqshbandi Silsilah (order) in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It passed through yet another channel — visitations to religious and secular sites. Mirza Abu Taleb Khan (1752–1806), the erudite scholar from Lucknow, recorded his experiences. Among the many other useful observations, he noticed the Turkish women enjoying a much greater degree of freedom than those of Iran or India.

Keywords: pan-Islamic euphoria; flow of knowledge; Naqshbandi Silsilah; medical mission; Mirza Abu Taleb Khan; Turkish women

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