Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Qazi Moinuddin Ahmad, May 16, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Biographical information

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Partial Transcript: --bas. Today is May sixteenth, two thousand ten.

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad talks about his biographical information, such as when and where he was born. He talks about his family, as well as his educational background.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Arabic language; Brothers; Delhi (India); Families; Fathers; Forman Christian College; Geography; Islam; Lahore (Pakistan); Mothers; Muslim University High School; Qur’an (Book); Religious education; Sisters; Urdu language; Uttar Pradesh (India); Washington (D.C.)

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Arabic language; Brothers; Delhi (India); Families; Fathers; Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan); Geography; India--History.; Islam; Lahore (Pakistan); Mothers; Pakistan--History; Qur’an; Religious education.; Sisters; Urdu language; Washington (D.C.)

00:09:56 - Pakistan movement

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Partial Transcript: And, tell me about, um, when did--do you remember when you first heard about the idea of Pakistan?

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad discusses his involvement in the Pakistan movement, as well as Pakistan as an Islamic state. He then talks about the involvement of students who attended Aligarh Muslim University. He then talks about his migrating to Pakistan after partition.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Bachelor’s degrees; Boundary commission; Education; Education of girls; Education of women; Fathers; French; India; Islamic states; Lahore (Pakistan); Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Partition; Sisters

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Education; Fathers; French; India; India--History.; Lahore (Pakistan); Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement.; Pakistan--History; Partition; Sisters

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
00:17:01 - Forman Christian College

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Partial Transcript: So I wonder if you can tell me a bit about, was the Muslim League active in F.C. College as well?

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad talks about the involvement of students at Forman Christian College in the Pakistan movement.

Keywords: All-India Muslim League; Forman Christian College; Muslims; Pakistan; Students

Subjects: All-India Muslim League; Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan); India--History.; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Students

GPS: Forman Christian College
Map Coordinates: 31.521431, 74.333819
00:20:30 - Indian independence

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Partial Transcript: Where were you on August fourteenth, nineteen forty seven?

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad discusses moving to Lahore (Pakistan) after India gained its independence, as well his experience in Pakistan in 1947.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Delhi (India); Families; Forman Christian College; India; Indian independence; Lahore (Pakistan); Pakistan

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Delhi (India); Families.; Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan); India; India--History.; Lahore (Pakistan); Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History

GPS: Lahore (Pakistan)
Map Coordinates: 31.549722, 74.343611
00:29:33 - Leaders of Pakistan

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Partial Transcript: Well I, I have some more questions for you about your experiences after forty seven.

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad talks about his reaction to the death of Mahomed Jinnah. He then talks about what he feels the reaction of Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman would be to modern Pakistan. Ahmad also talks about when he feels the history of Pakistan begins.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; All-India Muslim League; Forman Christian College; India; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Khaliquzzaman, Chaudhry; Leaders; Muslims; Pakistan

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; All-India Muslim League; Forman Christian College (Lahore, Pakistan); India; India--History.; Islam; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Leaders; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History

00:36:16 - Family / Pakistan Movement Gold Medal

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Partial Transcript: This might interest you or not. It is family photograph.

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad speaks with the interviewer about a photograph of his family. He then talks about choosing spouses for his children. Ahmad also discusses the sports he played when he attended Aligarh Muslim University. Ahmad then discusses receiving the Pakistan Movement Gold Medal. He also talks about his marriage and the reason why Fatima Jinnah attended his wedding.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Cricket; Daughters; Daughters in law; Families; Fathers in law; Hockey; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Khan, Zakir Ali; Marriages; Pakistan; Pakistan Movement Gold Medal; Pakistan Movement Workers Trust; Pakistan movement; Punjab (India); Sisters; Spouses; Uttar Pradesh (India); Wives

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Cricket; Daughters-in-law.; Families; Fathers in law; Hockey; India--History.; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Marriage; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Punjab (India); Punjab (Pakistan).; Spouses; Wives

00:44:43 - Fatima Jinnah and Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman

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Partial Transcript: When, when Fatima Jinnah was running for prime minister, did you support her?

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad discusses his support of Fatima Jinnah, sister of Mahomed Ali Jinnah. He then talks about the vacuum of leadership that faces Pakistan. Ahmad then talks about the importance of the role of citizens of Pakistan, as well as meeting Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; All-India Muslim League; Citizens; Government; Jinnah, Fatima; Khaliquzzaman, Chaudhry; Leaders; Leadership; Pakistan; Prosperity

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; All-India Muslim League; India--History.; Jinnah, Fatima, 1894-1967.; Leaders; Leadership; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History

00:56:51 - Aligarh Muslim University

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, m-many of the students who had come to Aligarh historically, from the beginning in the nineteenth century, during sort of say, Id's time, had come from elite families and land owning families.

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad discusses the Aligarh Muslim University’s transition from having students from privileged families to ones who were required to have a profession.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; Corruption; Pakistan; Professions; Property

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Aligarh Muslim University; Corruption.; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Professions; Property

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
01:02:16 - Religion

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Partial Transcript: Did you feel, when you were in Aligarh, that, um, the practice of Islam or--was, was very central to your identity?

Segment Synopsis: Ahmad talks about why he considers himself to be a devout Muslim. He then talks about the growing importance of Islam to Pakistan. He also talks about where he was when Gandhi was assassinated.

Keywords: Aligarh (India); Assassination; Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.; Islam; Muslims; Pakistan; Religion

Subjects: Aligarh (India); Assassination.; Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.; India--History.; Islam; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Religion