Pan-Islamism: Indian Muslims, the Ottomans and Britain, 1877-1924
This important study examines the Indo-Muslim attitude towards the Ottomans from the start of the Russo-Turkish war in 1877 until the end of the Caliphate in 1924. The period treated coincides with what is commonly described as the Pan-Islamic Movement; the British reaction to the Pan-Islamic developments is also discussed extensively. No comprehensive study to date has dealt with the nature of the relations between the Ottomans and other Muslims, and therefore this work provides new historical, religious and political perspectives on the modern history of Indian Muslims. In addition to Indian, Pakistani, Ottoman and British archival material, publications such as diaries, memoirs, newspapers and books have been incorporated, including writings in Urdu which are generally inaccessible to most historians studying late nineteenth-century Ottoman history.
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Azmi Ozcan's book is an admirable example of this new approach to late ottoman history... Ozcan's book is through. It covers every relevant detail to its topic and puts these details into a well thoughtout framework. Sükrü Hanioglu. IJMES VOl.31, No1, Feb 1999.
The Indian romance with the Ottoman Empire has been known from British and Indian sources, but Özcan fleshes out the story - and a fascinating one it is - with information from the Turkish archives. Second, Özcan shows how the Ottoman Empire filled this same role for a variety of other Muslim countries-such as the khanates of Central Asia and distant Atjeh (in today's Indonesia).
Daniel Pipes,Middle East Quarterly,June 1999.
Brilliant narration of the evolution and functioning of Pan Islamism in the colonial India..Shefik