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ALIGARH

This large town in western Uttar Pradesh,India, in the district of the same name, has been associated with major Muslim educational, political, and ideological movements since the late nineteenth century. Situated 79 miles south of Delhi, the town, also known as Koil, in 1865 became the headquarters of the Aligarh Scientific Society and ten years later of the Mahomedan Anglo-OrientalCollege. Both were established under the leadership of ...more

AHMAD KHAN, SAYYID

AHMAD KHAN, SAYYID (1817-1898), Indian Islamic modernist writer and political activist. The family of Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan claimed lineal descent from the prophet Muhammad; his ancestors had settled in Heratin Afghanistan and then migrated to Mughal Indiain the seventeenth century. Despite their residence in India for nearly two hundred years, Sir Sayyid's family retained a consciousness of their foreign origin. This extraterritorial consciousness determined their outlook, and that of other upp ...more

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