Fida Hassnain

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Fida Hassnain (Urdu فدا حسنین; Srinagar, 1924–2016) was a Kashmiri writer and Sufi mystic.[1]

He was born in 1924 in Srinagar, Kashmir, the child of schoolteachers. His father fought with the British Indian forces in the Boer War in South Africa in 1902. [2] Fida Hassnain graduated from the University of Punjab and the Aligarh Muslim University, and became a barrister,[3] but the events surrounding the partition of colonial British India made him lose faith in the law, and after a short period of social work he became a lecturer in 1947 at the Sri Patrap (SP) College in Srinagar. In 1954, he became Director of the Kashmir State Archives, retiring in 1983.[4] Fida Hussain breathed his last at SKIMS Soura on 09 July 2016.

His study tours resulted in the salvaging of several hundred manuscripts in Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian, which were housed in the Archives and Oriental Research Libraries. .[5] As an archaeologist, he has conducted several excavations.

He has written several books on the subject of Lost years of Jesus and Kashmir,[6] which have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Japanese. He has made frequent guest appearances in documentaries about the tomb of Roza Bal supporting the teaching of the founder of Ahmadiyya Islam Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1899) that Jesus of Nazareth died in India. Academic reception of Hassnain's works has been highly critical - academics dismissing these claims include the academics Günter Grönbold, Wilhelm Schneemelcher, Norbert Klatt, Per Beskow, and Gerald O'Collins.[7]

In January 2009 The Jammu Kashmir Government recognized Hassnain for his lifetime contributions.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Noted Historian Fida Hassnain passes away". kashmirscan.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Biographical notes of author in Appendix of "A Search for the Historical Jesus" -- published 1994 in the UK
  3. ^ A Search for the Historical Jesus from Apocryphal, Buddhist, Islamic and Sanskrit Sources. Professor Fida Hassanain. Gateway Books, Bath.1994, p. 244.
  4. ^ Biographical notes of author in Appendix of "A Search for the Historical Jesus" -- published 1994 in the UK
  5. ^ Fowler, Lilly (January 4, 2008). "For 17 years, what did Jesus do?". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ Ramesh, Randeep (November 19, 2007). "Hollywood takes action hero Jesus to India". The Guardian. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ Mark Bothe Die "Jesus-in-Indien-Legende" - Eine alternative Jesus-Erzählung? - 2011 - Page 30 "1.4.2 Fida Hassnain - Fida M. Hassnain wurde 1924 in Srinagar, Kaschmir, ..."
  8. ^ "Govt confers State awards to 17 outstanding persons". The Shadow: Daily News Paper Jammu. January 25, 2009. Archived from the original on May 26, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2009.