Author: Mahmood Ahmad Ghazi
Publisher: Adam Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817435400X
This is a study of the evolution of Islamic thought in the Subcontinent in general and Shah Wah Allah’s contribution to it in particular for he represents the zenith of Islamic intellectual contribution and scholarly excellence in South Asia.
The author, with his insight into the dynamics of Indian Muslim History, traces significant moments of the rise and fall in the cultural career of the Indian Muslim community until the crisis-ridden era of Shah Wali Allah.
The present work is an effort to make a systematic inquiry into Shah Wali Allah’s contribution to Islamic renaissance in South Asia. In attempting to do so, a brief historical survey of the pre-Wali Allah period, noting specially the different efforts at finding viable solutions to the problems confronting the Muslim community. This is followed by a survey of the life and times of Shah Wali Allah with a view to discussing at some length his political role, with particular emphasis on his role in the third battle of Panipat.
Special attention has been paid to an exposition and analysis of the socio-political thought of Shah Wali Allah and his impact on the major religious and political movements that subsequently arose in south Asia. Historical evidence has been adduced to establish that Shah Wali Allah was highly influential in preparing not only the ground for the emergence of these movements but also in providing leadership to them. Finally, the impact of Shah Wali Allah on Islamic thought and education during the last two centuries has been examined in some detail.
PART 1: THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
The Muslim community in South Asia: From the advent of Islam to 1707
The Socio-political condition of Muslim South Asia, 1707-1757
Social and moral decay in Muslim South Asia, 1707-57
PART 2: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHAH WALI ALLAH
Wali Allah and his family
Wali Allah and contemporary politics in South Asia
Wali Allah and the Third Battle of Panipat
Society, economy and polity in Wali Allah’s thought
PART 3: SHAH WALI ALLAH’S CONTRIBUTION TO ISLAMIC RENAISSANCE
Wali Allah: the intellectual and academician
Wali Allah’s descendants and the revival of Islamic education
PART 4: THE INFLUENCE OF SHAH WALI ALLAH ON LATER ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS
Wali Allah and the jihad movement
Wali Allah and the First War of Independence
The revival of Islamic education under Wali Allah and his associates
Wali Allah and the emergence of Islamic institutions
Scholars of the Wali Allahi Tradition