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Maulana Azad, Islam and the Indian National Movement

Syeda Saiyidain Hameed


Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was a scholar, intellectual, and nationalist who fought against British imperialists by drawing inspiration from the Koran. Twenty years before the freedom movement took hold in India, the man whom Mohammad Ali Jinnah dismissed as the ‘Showboy of Indian National Congress’ was already involved in the struggle for independence. At the age of 24, as editor of Al Hilal (1912), the most revolutionary weekly newspaper of Calcutta, Azad campaigned for Hindu–Muslim unity, an undivided India, and Purna Swaraj (total freedom). With Islam at the core of his political views, Azad a ... More

Keywords: independence, Abul Kalam Azad, Koran, freedom movement, India, Indian National Congress, Al Hilal, Purna Swaraj, Islam, Muslims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199450466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, author
Member, Planning Commission, Government of India