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GandhiPan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.001.0001

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Syed Ahmad Khan

Syed Ahmad Khan

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(p.25) Chapter 3 Syed Ahmad Khan
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Gandhi
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0003

This chapter discusses Syed Ahmad Khan, whose family was closely connected to the Mughal court. The chapter begins with a section on Khan’s childhood and his decision to accept a job in the East India Company, a decision protested by his family members. It then looks at the start of his official career as an apprentice in the court of the Sadr Amin at Delhi, and how he became a Sadr Amin in less than twenty years. It describes Khan as pro-British, and narrates his successful efforts to negotiate the release of the British officers and their families who were posted in Bijnor. The chapter also studies the Mutiny of 1857 and Khan’s role in bridging the gap between the Indian Muslims and the British government.

Keywords:   Syed Ahmad Khan, Mughal court, East India Company, Sadr Amin, Bijnor, Mutiny of 1857, Indian Muslims, British government

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