Literature

Muslim Historical Literature in the Era of Early Muslim Nationalism: A Case Study of Sir Sayyid and Ta’ib

Mid-nineteenth century Muslim historical literature, particularly on the mutiny-rebellion of 1857, presents an interesting contrast, and offers a fascinating study of the state of Muslim mind before and after 1857. This clearly comes out in the writings of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (Risalah Asbab-i Baghawat-i Hind,‘ Tarikh Sarkashi Dil ’a Bijnawr, Hunter par Hunter, Loyal Mohammedans of India,), Fateh Muhammad Ta’ib (Tarikh-i Ahmadi)5 Asad Ullah Khan Ghalib (Dastabu in Kulliyat-i Nathr-i Ghalib), Mawlana Altaf Hussain Hali (Hayati-i Jawid), Sayyid Zahiruddin Zahir Dihlawi (Dastan-i Ghadr), Faqir Muhammad (Jam’ al-Tawarikh), Allamah Fadl-i Haq (Bughi Hindwtan), Mu’inuddin Hassan Khan (“Narrative of Mainodin” in Charles T. Metcalfe’s Two Native Narratives of the Mutiny in Delhi).”

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