CHAPTER 24

Aligarh Muslim University: Development and Progress of Science Teaching and Research, 1877–1947

Ather H. Siddiqi and Syed Zillur Rahman*

The first war of independence in 1857 proved to be cataclysmic for the Muslim community in India, which was adversely affected socially, culturally, financially, and also educationally. Due to their zealous participation in the uprising, they had lost all trust and favour with the British, who deprived them of their properties, estates and jagirs. The remnants of the Mughal Empire were destroyed. The British imposed English as the official language for both education and communication. The impact was so detrimental for the Muslims that from near 100 per cent literacy in Urdu they were reduced ...

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