Scholars from Aligarh Muslim University attends history conference at Pakistan

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Dr. Hasan Imam in Lahore with academicians and scholarsALIGARH, May 12- A group of ten delegates including seven teachers, one Assistant Archaeologist and two research scholars from the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University participated and presented their Research papers in the 24th International Pakistan History Conference organized by the Department of History & Pakistan Studies, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. In this Conference, researcher from the various parts of the world gathered and shared their ideas on history and historiography of South Asia.

Among them the notables were: Prof. Sarah Ansari, Prof. Iqbal Malik, Prof. Riaz Ahmad, Prof. M Iqbal Chawla, Dr Ansar Zahid Khan, and Dr. Tahira Aftab. However, from the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, the following teachers and students presented their papers.

Prof. Syed Liaqat Hussain Moini, in his article ‘Jahangir’s Devotion to Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti: it’s Impact on the Dargah and the City of Ajmer’ traced the history of the city of Lahore during medieval period.

In his paper, ‘Development of Architecture in South Asia: A Study of Medieval Monuments at Meerut’, Prof. M Afzal Khan focused on the study of Shaikh Pir’s (Shah Pir) mausoleum which is a little known monument built during the reign of Shahjahan.

Prof. Fatima Zehra Bilgrami, in her article on ‘Persian Histories of Sindh (17-18th Century), depicted the political and socio-cultural life of the people of Sindh, while Dr. Roohi Abida Ahmed’s article ‘Diplomatic and Commercial Relations of the Delhi Sultans’, examined the development of political and economic relationship of the Delhi Sultans with the neighbouring powers. Dr. Gulfishan Khan, in her paper entitled, ‘Mughal Historiographical Tradition and Emperor Shah Jahan’, explored main features of the Mughal historiography evolved under the imperial patronage of Shah Jahan.

Dr. Hassan Imam’s article, ‘Press, Politics and Protest Movements in Colonial South Asia’ which was based on proscribed literature, examined a new dimension of history of the British Raj. He focused on the significance of proscribed literature such as Dard-i-Watan, Watan Ka Rag, Vartaman Bharat and Khun Ka Badla Khun etc, in the promotion of the national consciousness.

Dr. Waseem Raja in his article, “Pan-Islamic Resurgence, Syed Ahmad Khan and other Muslim Reformers of 19thCentury World: A comparative analysis of thoughts and relevance of Muslim illuminate”, made an extensive study of the thoughts of social reformers of the 19th century and its relevance.

Dr. Vinod Kumar Singh’s article on ‘Fort and Fortification in South Asia: A Case Study of Bayana Fort’ was based on archaeological survey of the present site. Dr. Singh, in his paper, tried to reconstruct the history of fortification technology evolved in South Asia, especially in India over the time.

Mr. Firoz High Sarwar in his article entitled, ‘Cultural Contradiction and Sign of Racial Arrogance: A case study of the 19th Century Colonial Rule in India’, contradicted the theory of White Man’s Burden and argued that in the policies of the English, there was a reflection of their racial arrogance.

Mr. Tariq Ahmad Sheikh’s article, ‘Peoples History and resistance Activities against Dogra Administration during Freedom Movement in Kashmir’ discussed how Dogras under Gulab Singh emerged as absolute owner of the land. It also argued that under the Dogras rule the lives of people became bad to worst and the sufferings of the Kashmiri people made them to resist against the Dogra rule.

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