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Naqsh-e-Hayat - A Biography and Memoirs of Shaykh Husain Ahmad Madani

Naqsh-e-Hayat - A Biography and Memoirs of Shaykh Husain Ahmad Madani

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This book is a TranslaTion of Shaykh Husain Ahmad Madani's autobiog- raphy, highlighting the colonial practices that reduced Indians to economic poverty, erasing their culture and corrupting their faith. It shows the jihad of Shaykh Madani, free from the Eurocentric paradigm of vested interest and hierarchy. It explains why the British imprisoned him in Malta, for two years in Sabarmati prison with hard labour and in Nene Jail, Allahabad.

The book also brings forward the role of prominent individuals and institutes in ending the British colonialism of India. It traces the resistance movement from the foundation of Darul-Uloom Deoband by Shaykh Qasim Nanotwi and Shaykh Rashid Aḥmad Gangohi after the 1857 British occupation of Delhi. It also includes the role of Shaykh Sayyid Aḥmad Shaheed and Shaykh al-Hind Mahmud Hasan.

This book is a small way of acknowledging his contribution and challenging nationalist and exclusivist historians who have written out the Muslims' efforts in liberating India.

The book will be helpful to students and researchers across colleges, universities and Darul Ulooms. More than that, it will be useful to anyone who wants to learn about the anti-colonial movement in India.

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