Symposium Held In AMU On Sir Syed And Modernity

Symposium Held In AMU On Sir Syed And Modernity

Aligarh, October 16 (TNA) A symposium on "Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Modernity" was held at the Centre for Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, marking the 205th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a great social reformer of the nineteenth century and founder of the Aligarh Muslim University.

Speaking on the journalistic aspect of Sir Syed’s scholarship, Prof. Shafey Kidwai (Department of Mass Communication) said that Sir Syed was the first Muslim public intellectual who addressed the issues faced by Indians in general and Muslims in particular.

"His basic aim was to create an awakening in society and to attain this goal he published two journals, namely Aligarh Institute Gazette and Tahzibul Akhlaq, which played a big role in reforming Indian society," he pointed out.

Prof. Mohammad Asim Siddiqui (Chairman, Department of English) emphasized that Sir Syed embodied all the virtues of modernity and always stressed the use of rationalism, logic, scepticism and freedom of expression. "In all his writings Sir Syed was guided by logic and orientalism played a great role in his rationality. Influenced by the Delhi renaissance, Sir Syed always worked for every kind of emancipation. He was not an apologist or blind supporter of the British, for sure," reiterated Prof Mohammad Asim.

In his address on "Sir Syed’s juristic ideas and legal thoughts", Prof. Mohammad Zafar Mahfooz Nomani (Department of Law) said that Sir Syed’s juristic ideas germinated through Banaras Education Committee Report and during Sir Syed’s long association with legal services.

IIn her presidential remarks, Prof. Gulfishan Khan (Chairperson, Department of History) said that Sir Syed was essentially a religious thinker, a great scholar and a good researcher. He wrote the rebuttal of William Muir’s book after going through original sources. Prof. Perwez Nazir (Convener of the programme) proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Mohammad Nazrul Bari conducted the programme.

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