The Professor Syed's
book offers new insights into the intellectual controversy that
was initiated by the British in the second half of the
nineteenth century in India over the role of Islam in history.
It highlights not only this new challenge from the West but also
analyses the Muslim response to the British polemics.
The purpose of this study is threefold: Firstly, it deals with
the magnitude of the intellectual and political challenge that
the Muslims faced in the wake of their political misfortunes.
Secondly, it unfolds the various ways in which Muslims came to
terms with this new situation. And finally, having come to an
understanding about the methods and motives of the various
writers, it explains their impact on the questions of revival
and reassertion of Islam as an intellectual and political force
in the later Muslim movements in South Asia.
Professor Aslam Syed received
his education at Punjab University, Lahore and Columbia
University, New York. He was Professor of History at
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and Visiting Professor at the
University of Pennsylvania, Hawaii University and Harvard
University; Free University, Berlin, and many other institutions
of higher learning in Europe and United States. He was awarded
Mercator Professorship by Humboldt University, Berlin. He has
also been a fellow of International Consortium of Humanities at
His other publications include:
Muslimische Philanthropie und Burgerscaftliches (Muslim
Philanthropy and Civic Engagement) Berlin: Maecenata Verlag;
Islam: Enduring Myths and Changing Realities, Philadelphia:
The American Academy of Social Sciences; Islam and Democracy
in Pakistan, National Institute of Historical & Cultural