The Life and Work of Syed Ahmed Khan, C.S.I.
One of the most influential social figures of British India, Syed Ahmed Khan was a social activist who was instrumental in protecting lives during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He quickly became a national figure for his peaceful advocacy during the Hindi-Urdu controversy. At the beginning of his career he sought equality for all Indians, Hindu and Muslim, but in his later years he advocated only for Muslims, believing that trouble between the two was inevitable. Historians of all kinds will find this biography of this complicated, conflicted man to be most interesting.
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Page 182 - Parisians call their city, not Paris, but Paradise, and I quite agree with them that it is the Paradise of this world. ' If there be a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this.
Page 243 - surely find the most violent of all men in enmity against the true believers to be the Jews and the idolaters : and thou shalt surely find those among them to be the most inclinable to entertain friendship for true believers who say we are Christians. This cometh to pass because there are
Page 187 - country as animals and beneath contempt, I think they do so from not understanding us ; and I am afraid I must confess that they are not far wrong in their opinion of us. Without flattering the English, I can truly say that the natives of India, high and
Page 243 - true believers who say we are Christians. This cometh to pass because there are priests and monks among them, and because they are not elated with pride." Like begets like ; and if cold acquiescence is all that Mohammedans receive at the hands of the ruling race, Dr Hunter must not be surprised at the cold acquiescence of the Mohammedan community. Let us both —Christians and
Page 245 - do not avail themselves of the Government system of education, because " the truth is, that our system of public instruction, which has awakened the Hindus from the sleep of centuries, and quickened their inert masses with some of the noble impulses of a nation, is opposed to the traditions, unsuited to the requirements, and hateful to the religion of the Mussulmans.
Page 74 - that it may remove prejudices, soften asperities, and substitute a rational conviction of the benefits of our Government ; that it may unite the people and their rulers in sympathy ; and that the differences which separate them may be gradually lessened and ultimately annihilated.
Page 64 - that if in Hindustan there was one class of people above another who, from the principles of their religion, from habits and associations, and from kindred disposition, were fast bound with Christians, in their dread hour of trial and danger, in the bonds of amity and friendship, those people were the Mohammedans ; and
Page 247 - youth educated upon our own plan. Without interfering in any way with their religion, and in the very process of enabling them to learn their religious duties, we should render that religion perhaps less sincere, but certainly less fanatical. The rising generation of Mohammedans would tread the steps which have conducted the Hindus, not long ago the most bigoted nation
Page 277 - in many important respects from all other educational institutions which this country has seen. There have before been schools and colleges founded and endowed by private individuals. There have been others built by sovereigns and supported by the revenues of the State. But this is the
Page 231 - (caliphs), Dr Hunter also styles him by this name, and states that he appointed four caliphs (page 13). He also states, but has no authority for the statement, that " he appointed regular agents to go forth and collect a tax from the profits of trade in all the large towns which had lain on his route.