Mushirul Hasan

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Mushirul Hasan
Born 15 August 1949
Fields History
Alma mater

Mushirul Hasan (born 15 August 1949) is a historian of modern India. He has written extensively on the Partition of India, on communalism, and on the histories of Islam in South-Asia.[1][2][3]


Hasan is the second son of the noted historian Mohibbul Hasan.Mushirul Hasan did his M. A. from the Aligarh Muslim University in 1969. He earned a Doctorate (PhD) from the University of Cambridge, 1977.[4]


He served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (2004-2009).[5] In May 2010, he was appointed as the Director-General of the National Archives of India.[6] He was the elected as the President of the Indian History Congress in 2002.

He has also held in the past academic positions at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), Berlin, Centre D'Etudes De L'Inde ET de L' Asie Du Sud (The Center for Studies in India and South Asia), Paris, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, St Antony's College, Oxford and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.[4][7]

Memorial lectures[edit]

  • Moin Shakir Memorial Lecture
  • Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture
  • Ved Pal Memorial Lecture
  • Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial Lecture
  • SC Misra Memorial Lecture
  • D.D. Kosambi Lecturer
  • Durgabai Deshmukh Lecture
  • Ibn Sina Memorial Lecture (Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences)
  • Asghar Husain Bilgrami Memorial Lecture



Some of his well-known works are:[1][7]

  • A Nationalist Conscience: M.A. Ansari, the Congress and the Raj, (Delhi: Manohar, 1987)
  • Nationalism and Communal Politics in India, 1885–1930 (Delhi: Manohar, 1991). Paperback edition published in 1994. Reprinted in 2000.
  • The Legacy of a Divided Nation: India's Muslims Since Independence (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • John Company to the Republic: A Story of Modern India (2001)
  • Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society (2002)
  • From Pluralism to Separatism: Qasbas in Colonial India (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Making Sense of History: Society, Culture and Politics (Manohar, 2003)
  • A Moral Reckoning: Muslim Intellectuals in Nineteenth-Century Delhi (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • The Nehrus: Personal Histories (2006)[1]
  • Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia, (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2006), (with Rakhshanda Jalil)
  • Wit and Humour in Colonial North India (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2007)
  • Moderate or Militant? Images Of India’s Muslims (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Between Modernity and Nationalism: Halide Edip’s Encounter with Gandhi’s India (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Faith and Freedom: Gandhi in History (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2013)
  • Islam, Pluralism, Nationhood: Legacy of Maulana Azad (Niyogi Books: Delhi, 2014)[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c " The Nehrus: Personal Histories (9781845600198): Mushirul Hasan: Books". 
  2. ^ Kumar, Girja (1997). "Mushirul Hasan: victim of academic politics". The book on trial: fundamentalism and censorship in India. Har-Anand Publications. pp. 253–272. ISBN 978-81-241-0525-2. 
  3. ^ " Mushirul Hasan: Books". 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "Jamia - Profile - History - Past Vice Chancellors' Profile - Prof Mushirul Hasan". 
  6. ^ "Mushirul is DG, Archives". 
  7. ^ a b Profile of Mushirul Hasan – National Archives of India
  8. ^ "Latest news on India, World, Sports, Bollywood from Hindustan Times, India's most trusted news brand". 
  9. ^ "Mushirul Hasan bags Nehru fellowship". The Hindu. 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Maroof, Abu (15 January 2014). "Prince among politicians". The Hindu. 
  11. ^ C P Bhambhri (19 December 2013). "Maulana Azad's contested legacy". 

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