This course examines the religious and political history of Indian Muslims, with a focus on its prominent leaders, thinkers and institutions. It covers the period from the establishment of the Mughal empire to the era of colonial rule through to the post-colonial context.
This course particularly traces Muslim scholarly responses to the various circumstances that arose throughout the colonial and post-colonial period. It looks at the development of Islamic institutions, and their figureheads, such as Darul-Ulum at Deoband, Nadawa al Ulama at Lucknow, and the Aligarh Muslim University.
During the British rule of India, Islamic theologians and revivalist groups mobilised masses of Muslims with a call to return to the authentic and prophetic way by establishing Islamic institutions. In this light, this course explores the social, political and religious changes that took place through the prism of religious reform movements such as that of Deoband and the Tablighi-Jama’at.