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Sayyid Ahmad Barailvi
His Movement and Legacy from the Pukhtun Perspective

  • Altaf Qadir - Department of History, University of Peshawar, Pakistan

© 2015 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Sayyid Ahmad Barailvi (1786–1831), the man who first propagated and led jihad during the 19th century in the then North-West Frontier, perceived and initially led it as a purely reformist movement in northern India. Reform and jihad were intended to purify and protect the Indian Muslims from innovations and the atrocities of the British and Sikhs, respectively. 

Relating the history of the movement, the book takes perspectives from the immediate localities of the Pukhtun region and elaborates on the reasons for the failure of the movement. It assesses the social, political, religious, and economic impact of jihad on the Pukhtun region and discusses whether Barailvi’s movement is solely responsible for the present-day jihadi mindset, as some authors argue.

The book uses historical information, narratives, and perspectives from original texts written in regional languages and transliterated texts from Pukhtu.

 

 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Mughal India and the Frontier at the dawn of Nineteenth Century
 
Sayyid Ahmad Barailvi: Biography and Thoughts
 
Call for Jihad, Migration to the Frontier, and Declaration of Imarat
 
Transitional Period: The Search for Headquarters
 
The Rise of the Mujahidin in the Frontier
 
Success, Limits, and Failure
 
Impact of the Movement upon the Frontier
 
Conclusion
 
Glossary
 
Appendix A: English Translation of the Farman of King Ahmad Shah Abdali, Durr-i-Durran, King of Kabul (Afghanistan)
 
Appendix B: Hadith Related to Mujahidin of Khorasan and Mahdi
 
Appendix C: Treaty between the British Government and the Raja of Lahore (Dated 25 April 1809)
 
Appendix D: Names of the Hindustani Mujahidin Killed in the Battle of Akora Khattak (1826)
 
Appendix E: List of Mujahidin Killed in Balakot (1831)
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The book uses historical information, narratives and perspectives from original texts written in regional languages and Pakhtun.

Free Press Journal, 10 January 2016

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