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Aligarh's first generation: Muslim solidarity in British by David Lelyveld

By David Lelyveld

The e-book explores the character of Muslim cultural id in 19th century India and the alterations it underwent via colonial rule. It indicates how one establishment, The Mohammadan Anglo Oriental university, with its founders and early scholars mediated those alterations through the first 25 years of its lifestyles, and advanced tools of adapting to the demanding situations of colonialism and nationalism.

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Section of Kashmir territory, and it owes its marvellous and fertility its unapproachable beauty to the geographical surrounding of the distribution These close hills. in the passage of the Jhelum at Baramula, where it bends southwards when making for the Rawalpindi plains, and thus vast stores of alluvial wealth have been snatched from the river to spread on side either The gentle in grades and sweet smooth slopes. cold bleak highlands of Deosai and Ladakh, beyond the and the open, wind-swept, Zaskar, north-eastern much adjoining plains dry-salted solitudes of the the Tibetan border, are traversed by Europeans, although the — — are passes not leading and Kashmir is the beauty of its western and southern districts, where Nanga Parbat looks across the deep-shadowed valley of the Indus to Rakaposhi, or where Haramukh is reflected in the purple waters of the Wular Lake, The physiography of Kashmir in relation to the Peninsula of India is economically most important, inasmuch as the great reservoirs from which is drawn the water supply that fertilizes the vast flat plains of the land of the five rivers are contained therein.

It is at the head ot the Bay of Bengal, where the vapourbearing currents of the monsoon first strike the edge of the Assam hills south of the Brahmaputra, that the greatest rainfall in the world is recorded. It occasionally amounts to over The evidence prevailing almost oppressive in its : ; sixty feet in the year. The Ganges, assisted the Gogra, and the great — the Jumna, The —drains the southern slopes of the by Gandak tributaries its ,"^5^ Himalayas from Simla eastward, carrying to the plains of Bengal.

The known physical aspects of the Himalayas are only partially Physical to us. _ Kashmlr The Districts of Kumaun and Garhwal, adjoining J f' ' m . stupendous mountain VOL. I. system. stern Himalayas, and the State oflayas. Sikkim in the south-east, are the best-known regions of this THE INDIAN EMPIRE 1 [chap. more than the main features of Nepal, we know much of the physiography of the eastern are acquainted with or that hills which cradle the Brahmaputra. affluents of the With a climate and vegetation ranging between arctic and tropical, the conditions of life within the valleys overshadowed by the Himalayas are gigantic peaks of the infinitely varied.

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