Life and Contribution of Shibli Nomani

Book: Muhammad Shibli Nomani- Life and Contribution
Author:   Javed Ali Khan
Publisher: Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh-270001
Year:  2014
Pages:  250
Price:  Rs. 230

This book is one of the works published by Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh, on the occasion of the Shibli Centenary Celebrations. It was released in the Shibli Centenary International Seminar held during 29-30 Nov.-1 Dec. 2014. 

The book is authored by Dr. Javed Ali Khan, who is an associate professor of History in Azamgarh’s Shibli National P.G. College. It contains a detailed account of life and works of Allama Shibli Nomani, the renowned Islamic scholar, eminent thinker, famous Sirah chronicler and historian who was for long an associate of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. The work is important as the first detailed study on Allama Shibli in English.

Divided into eight chapters, the book discusses the life and times of Allama Shibli, his contributions as a Sirah chronicler, historian, poet,  educationist, reformer, promoter of Islamic learning and oriental languages. The work evaluates the role of Allama Shibli in Indian politics and the contribution of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy to the Freedom Movement. Besides, Shibli’s academic achievements in the MAO College (Aligarh) and Nadwatul Ulama (Lucknow) have also been discussed. The author has also included useful information about the early history of the Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy which was a dream of Shibli and could take shape only after his untimely death. Before his death, he had laid down a plan for the academy and had also endowed enough land for the purpose.

While highlighting the academic contributions of Allama Shibli, the author has emphasised that he left behind a rich legacy for the coming generations, particularly in the field of biographical and historical writings.

A product of Madrasa education, with his thoughts tempered by the environment of MAO College and his extensive travels in the Middle and Near East, he pioneered reforms in traditional Muslim education whose living example is Nadwatul Ulama of Lucknow, Madrasatul Islah of Saraimir and Madrasa Aaliya of Kolkata. Moreover, the princely states of Bhopal and Hyderabad benefited much from his educational thoughts and schemes.

Allama Shibli’s educational vision culminated in the foundation of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy at Azamgarh in 1914. This book is a tribute to the great scholar and calls upon readers to understand his mission in life and efforts for Muslim awakening and the country’s freedom. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2015 on page no. 21

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