The essays in this collection come at a time when the scholar Maulana T. Zaheer Ahmed Baqvi, popularly known by his pseudonym Dr. Rahi Fidai, has established his reputation as a historian of Islam, a poet and an advanced interpreter of Islamic theology. He writes mainly in Urdu but some of his work - like the essays in this collection - has been written in English as well, so that his scholarly work reaches a larger audience. As readers, we are very fortunate that through this collection, we have access to the work of such a great scholar.Read More
In Dr. Rahi Fidai’s essay on Vellore, the reader will see that he extends his historical research to epigraphy, which is the reading of historical inscriptions apart from reading several books on the theme. In his rendition of the history of Vellore...Read More
In a fascinating research essay on the history of Islamic centres of learning or madrasahs, Dr. Rahi Fidai traces the history of educational institutions in the Islamic world. In 2006,when Justice Rajinder Sachar submitted his report to the Prime Minister...Read More
In this era, while it has become easy to acquire knowledge as one only needs to click one button to access resources like Wikipedia; we have lost the ability to research and investigate and to independently arrive at our own notions of historical truth...
He has been honoured by various awards. Some of the prominent ones include awards from the Urdu Academy of Andhra Pradesh for his books and from the Karnataka Urdu Academy in 2008 for services rendered in the field of Gazals...Read More