BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Ali Gibran Siddiqui, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

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Restricted Access


The study and the interpretation of the concept of Caliphate in the context of British India during the 19th century is largely restricted to the popularization of pan-Islamism or nostalgic literature romanticizing the so called Islamic Golden Age. We generally see history books and literature of that era mentioning key figures like Syed Ahmed Khan, Altaf Hussain Hali and Shibli Numani. However, their ideas regarding the Ottoman Empire as Caliphate are completely ignored. This thesis explores this journey of these three critical figures in Muslim discourse in relation to the colonial space, imperial theory and nostalgia of those times. It also highlights the changes in the attitudes of these figures in relation to their ideas with regards to the Caliphate in the ever- changing political context of both British Indian Empire and the Ottoman Empire.


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