Offers an original examination of the origin and development of a rational humanist movement, the Freedom of Intellect Movement (Buddhir Mukti Andolan), which arose among a group of Bengali-speaking and -writing Muslim intelligentsia in the 1920s and 1930s. This study is suitable for scholars interested in modern Islamic thought.
"Dr. Khan's study of the Freedom of Intellect Movement (buddhir mukti andolan) in the nineteen-twenties and - thirties in Bengal is an in-depth account of a type of Muslim mentality infrequently encountered in modern South Asia... [this] is the first book-length account in English of this fascinating and significant phenomenon of Muslim rational humanists in Bengal and it is a good one... The present book thus brings us face to face with a host of serious issues in the general area of faith and reason, religion and secular life, tolerance and communal solidarity." - Dr. Joseph T. O'Connell Professor Emeritus in the Study of Religion University of Toronto "Dr. Khan's work is both stimulating and original in articulating Bengali Muslims' reformist strategies through their writings, speeches and debates in Bengali. Most assuredly, Dr. Khan's thesis will result in scholarly rethinking of the demanding role of Muslim reformers in the Indian subcontinent, not just in Bengal." - Dr. N.K. Wagle Professor Emeritus of History University of Toronto "Dr. Shahadat H. Khan's argument... breaks significantly new grounds in the study of Bengali Muslim intellectual movements in the twentieth century. - Dr. Raffiuddin Ahmed Matsumiya Professor of Asian Studies Elmira College Adjunct Professor of History Cornell University"
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