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Studies in Archaeology and History (Commemoration Volume of Prof. S. Nurul Hasan)

Satish Chandra (Editor) W.H. Siddiqi (Editor)
Synopsis Professor Nurul Hasan or Nuru as he was affectionately called by members of the family and those close to him, was not only a profound scholar and a gifted teacher, but a great institution builder. Apart from the Centre for Advanced Study in History at the Aligarh Muslim University, he built many other institutions, such as the Indian Council of Historical Research, the Maualana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Affairs, the Society for Indian Ocean Studies, etc. He also breathed new life and purpose into many others such as the Victoria Memorial at Calcutta, the Rampur Raza Library where I had the privilege of working as a research scholar in 1945. He had a razor sharp mind, and could analyze with precision any issue - academic, administrative or political. His clarity in expression and articulation of speech were unparalleled. According to Professor S.Z. Qasim, himself an eminent scientist, there was no one better than him "who would collect bits of information from here and there and bring them out in a most articulate form." According to an obituary in the Times of India "though he never wrote a book, his later articles show that he remained to the end a historian of the finest tradition of Ox bridge, firmly grounded in source materials, most of them Persian - rational as well as romantic, skeptical but always sympathetic." Professor Nurul Hasan was extremely generous not only in helping colleagues and researchers but providing them ideas for their own work. He considered this to be more important than working in splendid isolation pursuing his own research. Nevertheless, the total volume of his published work which are expected to be brought together in a volume is impressive.
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Satish Chandra

Satish Chandra (b. 1922) is among a select band of historians who helped to give a new shape to Indian history after independence. He was Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Vice Chairman and Chairman, University Grants Commission (1972-81). He taught at the Universities of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim, Delhi and Rajasthan. He was Smuts' Visiting Professor, Cambridge University (1971) and Associated with many national and international agencies. He was secretary and later President, Indian History Congress (1973), Council Member, United Nations University, Tokyo (1980-86), Associate Director of Research, Maison des Sciences de I'Homme, Paris; Member, Executive Board, International Congress of Historical Sciences, Paris, etc. He was also Chairman of the Committee to review Civil Services Examination in Delhi. He had written and edited many books on Medieval Indian History, and the Indian Ocean History and published a large number of research articles in national and international journals. Some of these have been brought together and published in three monographs. Presently, he is Executive Chairman, Maulana Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta and Secretary-cum-Treasurer, Society for Indian Ocean Studies. He is also the Secretary of the twelve volumes comprising History of India scheme prepared by the Indian History Congress.

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Title Studies in Archaeology and History (Commemoration Volume of Prof. S. Nurul Hasan)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818711357X
length xiv+518p., Figures; Col. & B/w Plates; Maps; References; Bibliography; Index; 30cm.