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Syed Sulaiman Nadwi
|Born||22 November 1884|
|Died||22 November 1953(aged 69)|
|Main interest(s)||History, Seerah, Urdu Literature|
|Notable work(s)||Khutbat-e-Madras, Sirat-un-Nabi, Arb-o-Hind Ke Talluqat, Naqoosh-e-Sulaimani|
|Founder of||Darul Musannifeen (Shibli Academy), Azamgarh|
|Disciple of||Ashraf Ali Thanwi|
Sulaiman Nadvi (Urdu: سید سلیمان ندوی—Sayyid Sulaimān Nadwī; 22 November 1884 – 22 November 1953) was a Pakistani historian, writer and scholar of Islam. He co-authored Sirat-un-Nabi and wrote Khutbat-e-Madras.
Early life and education
Sulaiman Nadvi was influenced by Shibli Nomani at Lucknow. In 1906, he graduated from Nadva. In 1908, Nadvi was appointed as an instructor of Modern Arabic and Theology at Dar-ul-Uloom Nadva. His contemporary at Nadva was Abul Kalam Azad who had come from Calcutta and also joined the Nadva. Both Sulaiman Nadvi and Abul Kalam Azad were favorite pupils of Maulana Shibli Nomani. Sulaiman Nadvi was later destined to become one of the biographers of the Prophet of Islam and a historian during his own lifetime.
Contribution to Islamic literature
Sulaiman Nadvi, along with others who favored Hindu-Muslim unity in British India, suggested that the term "Urdu" be abandoned in favour of "Hindustani" because the former conjured up the image of a military conquest and war whereas the latter had no such symbolic baggage.
Emigration to Pakistan and death
One of Sulaiman Nadvi's biographers asserted: "He is scholarly and objective in his treatment of history, which appeals more to the mind than to the heart. "
In June 1950, Nadvi moved to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. He was appointed Chairman of Taleemat-e-Islami Board to advise on Islamic aspects of Pakistan's constitution. He died on 22 November 1953 in Karachi at the age of 69.
The following is a list of some of Nadvi's works:
- Sirat-un-Nabi (Life of the Prophet) by first Shibli Nomani, the teacher of Sulaiman Nadvi. Shibli started writing this book, which was later finished by Sulaiman Nadvi after Shibli's death in 1914
- Khayyam (about the contributions of Omar Khayyam, published in 1933)
- Profile of Sulaiman Nadvi on shibliacademy.org website Published 23 March 2009, Retrieved 9 October 2019
- Profile and books by Sulaiman Nadvi on Archived Open Library (California State Library) website Retrieved 11 October 2019
- Syed Sulaiman aur Tibb Unani by Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Mutallae Sulaimani, Edited by Prof. Masoodur Rahman Khan Nadvi and Dr. Mohd. Hassan Khan, Darul Uloom, Tajul Masajid, Bhopal, 1986, p. 285-293
- Syed Sulaiman Aur Tibb Unani by Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Akhbar-ul-Tibb, Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 1987, p. 9-12
- "Myths about Urdu". DAWN (newspaper). 26 November 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
- Profile and graveside monument of Sulaiman Nadvi in Karachi, Pakistan Retrieved 9 October 2019