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Social Reformation and Anti-Colonial Struggle by Sayyid Ahmad Raibarelvi : Circumstances and Implications

By Khawaja, Mohsin

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Title: Social Reformation and Anti-Colonial Struggle by Sayyid Ahmad Raibarelvi : Circumstances and Implications  
Author: Khawaja, Mohsin
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Bibliography, South Asian History, Anti-Colonialism in India
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Publisher: Tameer-e-Fikr Academy
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Sayyid Ahmad was among the foremost visionaries who realized the scale of British conspiracies and diplomacies, and launched a systemic struggle to counter the effects. He communicated with political figureheads of that time to make them realize of British intrusion. He also worked for social reformation of Muslim communities in far-off places in subcontinent. Sayyid Ahmad traveled throughout the Subcontinent, into Afghanistan and North West region of Subcontinent to create awareness for the cause. He eventually lost his life in a battle against Sikh army at Balakot in May 1831. This in-depth inquiry provides insights on Sikh & British alliance established at that time and how British pursued their colonial agenda in India.

Sayyid Ahmad RaiBarelvi (1786 - 1831) was among the pioneers for social reformation in Colonial era of East India Company's hostility. He launched an "anti-colonial" struggle aginst British East India Company and its allies specially Ranjit Singh, who ruled the Sikh regime at that time. The book is a research work encompassing a literature review of existing works on this topic. It also includes an overview of the life and movement of Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi.

We see from the life of Sayyid Ahmed that he disrupted the status quo of society at various levels. He was not a passive preacher or a Sufi living in isolation. He not only challenged the oppressors but also the oppressed. For this he faced opposition from both. When Sayyid Ahmed stepped out to reform socio-religious thought in India, that included matters related to general ignorance of basic tenets of Islam, sufi ideologies and pilgrimage; he met with resistance from those “internal” agents whose interest relied on the then state of affairs. Similarly, when he refused to compromise with the political hostility of colonizers and their allies, he faced challenges. This makes the study of his movement a very special case in history of South Asia. A keen researcher thus needs to understand the context of every comment that is placed in favor or opposition of Sayyid Ahmed. In this study, I have kept focus on the macro aspects of the life of Sayyid Ahmed and his movement and its historical context.

Table of Contents
List of illustrations Introduction Chapter 1 Early Life of Sayyid Ahmed and Political Chapter 2 Colonization of India during life of Sayyid Ahmed Chapter 3 Anti-Colonial Struggle of Sayyid Ahmed and Reformation Efforts Conclusion Bibliography


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