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The Language of Secular IslamUrdu Nationalism and Colonial India$
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Kavita Datla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836092

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836092.001.0001

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Muslims and Secular Education

Muslims and Secular Education

The Beginnings of Osmania University

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(p.20) Chapter 1 Muslims and Secular Education
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The Language of Secular Islam
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Kavita Saraswathi Datla

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836092.003.0002

This chapter traces the beginnings of Osmania University and the significance of its foundation against the background of the various suggestions for educational reform that were being articulated in Hyderabad at that time. It examines the educational context in which Osmania University was inaugurated and the extent to which language rather than religion became the preferred means for enacting educational reform, for forging a united public, and for producing Indian students who could face the challenges of the modern world. It discusses three different projects that present different ways of understanding the problems posed to Muslim education in the modern age: a proposal by W. S. Blunt advocating a total reformation in Muslim thought; the educational ideas of Sayyid Hussain Bilgrami; and the history of a religious institution, Dār-ul 'Ulūm. The chapter also explores the idea of employing Urdu language as the medium of instruction in higher education by focusing on the case of Osmania University.

Keywords:   educational reform, Hyderabad, Osmania University, Indian students, Muslim education, W. S. Blunt, Sayyid Hussain Bilgrami, Dār-ul 'Ulūm, Urdu language, higher education

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