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Qatar - AMUAAQ releases Aligarh Muslim University


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The book Aligarh Muslim University: The Making of the Modern Indian Muslim has been launched in a glittering function in Oasis Beach Club hotel in Doha by the Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ). 

Author, renowned journalist Mohammed Wajihuddin, an alumnus of AMU, also addressed the meeting via video conferencing. The author, a senior journalist at Times of India, thanked the entire team for this launch. He informed that the book is an eye-opener that sheds light on the 100-year-old institute and its role in determining where the Muslim community stands in modern day India. 

Published by Harper Collins India, the book is written in a lucid style and discusses not just history of AMU which completed 100 years in 2020 but also how it has shaped the destiny of Muslims in India. He emphasised that one of the basic purposes of a book is to help break barriers.“It must inform, entertain, enthuse and educate readers.


Participants during the launch of the book Aligarh Muslim University.

Humans by nature are curious to know the unknown. Thankfully my book seems to be doing that,” he said.

Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani, the newly elected president of AMU Alumni Association Qatar unveiled the book in the presence of executive members, dignitaries and senior Aligs. Dr Nadeem mentioned that this book is a must read for all who want to understand what the phenomenon called AMU is all about.

Jawed Ahmad, the outgoing president, congratulated Wajihuddin for writing such an excellent book laced with history, anecdotes and references to contemporary issues. Mamnoon Bangash, senior Alig and executive committee member read some selected passages of the book for the audience. 

Dr. Jilani also mentioned that Wajihuddin informed him that this book is a tribute to the university where he has learned to think. The book, according to Wajihuddin, is an effort to revive the glorious past of the institution. Former president of AMUAAQ, Jawed Ahmad, informed that many friends have asked his opinion about the book.

“I was happy to know that the book has already made the presence worldwide with initial positive reviews, lots of good wishes, messages and emails are being received and they have requested me to provide the details to order copies for themselves and their libraries. I specially want to mention about page 184 where the newly elected president of AMUAAQ Dr. Nadeem Jilani forte of 'Bait Baz' is mentioned,” said Wajihuddin. He recalled how the intellectually vibrant atmosphere of AMU helped him for future challenges. In the pre-partition era, many elites sent their children to AMU to learn the rich culture along with acquiring degrees. They went there to imbibe a unique ethos which stayed with them till the end. 

Dr Ashna, Vice-President of Ladies AMUAAQ, said:“It was my pleasure to go through this amazing book. I was nostalgic and overwhelmed with sentiments and emotions. The fascinating dress code of students studying in AMU mentioned in the introductory pages reflects the rich culture and 'tahzeeb 'inception in the young students of AMU.

Indeed a page-turner for all the Aligs and as well as those who really value and admire the AMU legacy.”

Newly elected committee members Dr. Syed Intekhab Alam, Mohammed Faisal Naseem, Mohammed Farman Khan, Farrukh Ali Farooqi, Ghazala Yasmeen, Dr. Shima Sadaf, Mohammed Nayeem, Abad Ahmad Khan and others including Viqar, Dr. Mosharraf Shamim, Anjum Hussan, Syed Shahabuddin, Khursheed Qamar, Imad also attended the ceremony.

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