Husain Ahmad Madani

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic
Illustrations: Illustrations, maps

Husain Ahmad Madani

The Jihad for Islam and India's Freedom

Barbara D. Metcalf

A compelling biography of Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani, the pre-eminent Muslim scholar and fervent campaigner for democracy and unity in India.
Hardback
9781851685790 (1 Oct 2008)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

Maulana Husain Ahmad Madani (1879 - 1957) was a political activist, Islamic scholar, and supporter of Gandhi during the struggle for India's independence. Humane and fiercely dedicated whether campaigning against the separation of Pakistan, or in favour of democracy and inter-religious peace, he brooked no nonsense and fought relentlessly for what he believed in. Spanning a lifetime of campaigning and controversy, Barbara Metcalf's compelling biography draws from Madani's letters and autobiographies, as well as detailed knowledge of the prevailing political climate, to create an intimate and revealing account of one of the most important men in the history of modern Islam.

 

CONTENTS


Sources and Acknowledgements

Maps

 

INTRODUCTION

 

1 THE ARREST OF THE "UNDESIRABLE INDIANS,” 1916

Maulana Mahmudul Hasan, Deoband, and new political strategies

The War and the "Silk Letter Conspiracy”

 

2 "THE PRISONER OF MALTA,” 1916-1920

The tribunal

Travel

Malta

Everyday routines: mutual bonds, common commitments

Colonial internment as a school for anti-colonialism

 

3 FLASHBACK: BECOMING AN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR IN COLONIAL INDIA AND MEDINA

The family

Everyday life and education in Tanda

The formation of an Islamic scholar

The Sufi path

A sectarian conflict

India, 1909-1911 and 1913

Maulana Husain Ahmad at thirty-five

 

4 BECOMING A "NATIONALIST MUSLIM”: INDIA IN THE 1920s

Bombay, the Khilafat Movement, and political awakening

The Shaikhul Hind, Maulana Madani, and non-cooperation

The double strand of activism: the "Karachi Seven” and Islamic renewal

Calcutta and Sylhet

Principal of Deoband

Mass politics, minority politics

 

5 WHO SPEAKS FOR MUSLIMS? THE CHALLENGES OF THE 1930s

Maulana Madani's character

Non-cooperation and round tables

Izhar-i Haqiqat, "A Declaration of Truth”

The elections of 1936

Defending "Composite Nationalism”

Differences: against the ‘ulama, among the ‘ulama

The Shi‘a-Sunni dispute in Lucknow

Transitions

 

6 "THE GLORIOUS WARRIOR”: AGAINST BRITAIN, AGAINST PARTITION

A voice crying in the wilderness?

Words as weapons: anti-colonialism, Muslim freedom fighters, sacred India

Protesting and negotiating throughout the war

Dividing India

Partition

 

CONCLUSION: INDIAN INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONTINUING JIHAD

A final story

In conclusion

 

Bibliography

Husain Ahmad Madani's writings

Biographical writings about Husain Ahmad Madani

British official documents

Other printed and electronic sources

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic
Illustrations Illustrations, maps

 

About the Author

Barbara Metcalf is Director of the Center for South Asian Studies and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History, both at the University of Michigan.