‘Secular Islam in the Life of Syed Abid Husain': Lecture by Razak Khan

Razak Khan delivered a lecture on ‘Secular Islam in the Life and Writings of Syed Abid Husain' (1896-1978)’. It was chaired by Hilal Ahmed.


This lecture examines Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of Secular Indian Islam and his policies towards creating one. It explores the response and agency of Indian Muslims as exemplified in the life and writings of Syed Abid Husain. It analyzes his book The Destiny of Indian Muslims (1965) as an elaboration of this understanding and vision. It also looks at his efforts to create secular Islamic Studies through Islam and the Modern Age Society (1975) and Journal at the Jamia Milia Islamia.

Razak Khan is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen. He is currently working on his second book project Minor Cosmopolitanism: The Life and Writings of Syed Abid Husain (1896-1978). His first book, Minority Pasts: Locality, Emotions, and Belonging in Princely Rampur was published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

Hilal Ahmed is Associate Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 10 November 2023, 4.30 pm, Seminar Room and Zoom https://bit.ly/40gCJxy