Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Habib ur Rahman, April 9, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Life before and during partition

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Partial Transcript: --here with uh Mr. Habib-----(??) Habib ur Rahman.

Segment Synopsis: Rahman discusses the Hindu teachers at Aligarh Muslim University. He also talks about the difficult decision facing by Muslim students after the partition of India. Rahman then talks about the Hindu/Muslim riots that occurred in Kolkata (India) at the time.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Aligarh Old Boys Association; Delhi (India); Dhaka (Bangladesh); East Pakistan; Families; Fathers; Hindus; Kolkata (India); Pakistan; Partition of India; Riots; Sikhs; Uncles; Ziauddin, Ahmed

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Delhi (India); Dhaka (Bangladesh); Families; Fathers; Hindus; India--History--Partition, 1947 ; India--History.; Kolkata (India); Pakistan; Pakistan--History; Partition; Riots; Sikhs; Uncles

GPS: Kolkata (India)
Map Coordinates: 22.566667, 88.366667
00:11:11 - Interfaith tolerance

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Partial Transcript: --Habib ur Rahman, who is again giving me his opinion on Aligarh University.

Segment Synopsis: Rahman talks about the history of Aligarh Muslim University and discusses why the university was not intended solely for Muslim students. He also talks about the importance of tolerance between people of different faiths.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Anglo-Oriental College; Bangladesh; Communalism; Jihad; Jinai River; Missionaries; Muslims; Sylhet (Bangladesh)

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Communalism; India--History.; Jihad.; Missionaries; Muslims; Pakistan--History; Sylhet (Bangladesh)

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
00:16:44 - Role of Islam in Bangladesh

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Partial Transcript: Well, so, in, in Bangladesh, in independent Bangladesh, what do you think is the role of Islam? What role is Islam playing?

Segment Synopsis: Rahman discusses the role of Islam in the national identity of Bangladesh. He also talks about why Bengalis are primarily peace-loving individuals.

Keywords: Allah; Bangladesh; Buddhists; Dhaka (Bangladesh); Islam; Muslims; Praying; Qur’an, the (Book); Taxes

Subjects: Bangladesh; Bangladesh--History.; British--India--History.; Buddhists; India--History.; Islam; Muslims; Pakistan--History; Prayer; Qurʼan

GPS: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Map Coordinates: 23.7, 90.366667
00:33:39 - Jamaat-e-Islami

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Partial Transcript: It--one of the, um, things that I understand in Bangladesh is that the Islamic Party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, is, um, Jamaat-e-Islami here is considered to have been traitors and pro-Pakistan and anti-state.

Segment Synopsis: Rahman discusses the role of the political party Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh. He also talks about Afghanistan and the importance of respecting different cultures.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Buddhists; Christianity; Education; Indo-Pakistan War of 1971; Iqbal, Muhammed; Jamaat-e-Islami; Opium; Pakistan; Petroleum; War crimes; War of Liberation

Subjects: Afghanistan; Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Bangladesh--History.; Buddhists; Christianity; Education; India--History.; Iqbal, Muhammed, Major; Opium.; Pakistan; Pakistan--History; Petroleum.; War crimes.

GPS: Bangladesh
Map Coordinates: 23.8, 90.3
00:41:33 - Role of Islam in the Pakistan movement

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Partial Transcript: What do you think, um--when you were fighting for Pakistan when you were a student, was Islam an important part of your idea of what Pakistan would be?

Segment Synopsis: Rahman talks about the importance of Islam to his identity and the Pakistan movement.

Keywords: Brahmans; Islam; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Qur’an, the (Book); Religion; Students

Subjects: Brahmans; India--History--Partition, 1947; India--History.; Islam; Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Qur'an; Religion

00:52:46 - Mahomed Ali Jinnah

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Partial Transcript: What, um--did you ever get to hear Mr. Jinnah speak?

Segment Synopsis: Rahman talks about meeting Mahomed Ali Jinnah. He also talks about students' support for the Pakistan movement.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Communalism; East Pakistan; General elections; Hindus; Islam; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan); Moral education; Muslims; North-west Frontier Province (Pakistan); Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Punjab (India); Qur’an, the (Book)

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Bangladesh; Communalism; Education; Hindus; India--History--Partition, 1947; India--History.; Islam; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan); Muslims; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Punjab (India); Qur'an

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
00:57:34 - Pakistan movement and Aligarh Muslim University

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Partial Transcript: One of the special things about Aligarh is the idea that the boys get trained, as you were saying, in matters of principle and moral education and how to be a, a pu--good person in public.

Segment Synopsis: Rahman discusses the way in which the values and morals taught to students at the Aligarh Muslim University were instilled in the Pakistan movement. Rahman discusses his involvement in the Aligarh Students’ Union, which he felt was a leftist organization, as well as his personal involvement in the Pakistan movement.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Aligarh Students Union; All-India Muslim League; British; Communalism; Gandhi, Mahatma; Hindus; Hindustan; Islam; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Lahore (Pakistan); Moral education; Muslims; Nehru, Jawaharlal; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Qur’an, the (Book); West Bengal (India)

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; All-India Muslim League; Bangladesh--History.; British; British--India--History.; Communalism; Education; Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.; Hindus.; India--History.; Islam.; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Lahore (Pakistan); Muslims.; Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964.; Pakistan; Pakistan movement; Pakistan--History; Qur'an

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
01:09:03 - Independent Bangladesh

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Partial Transcript: Where were you and what do you remember about, um, the day Jinnah died?

Segment Synopsis: Rahman discusses where he was when Pakistan movement leader Mahomed Ali Jinnah died. He then talks about the independence of Bangladesh.

Keywords: Bangladesh; British; Calcutta (India); Death; Dhaka (Bangladesh); East Bengal (India); Great Britain; Islam; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali; Kolkata (India); Lahore (Pakistan); Missionaries; Muslims; Pakistan Army; Pakistan movement; Poll taxes

Subjects: Bangladesh--History.; British.; Death; Dhaka (Bangladesh); Great Britain.; India--History.; Islam.; Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948.; Kolkata (India); Lahore (Pakistan); Missionaries; Muslims.; Pakistan movement.; Pakistan--History; Pakistan. Army.

GPS: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Map Coordinates: 23.7, 90.366667
01:21:49 - Values instilled by Aligarh Muslim University

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Partial Transcript: What do you think is the most important thing, the most important thing that your education in Aligarh taught you for the rest of your whole life?

Segment Synopsis: Rahman talks about the most important things he learned in his education at Aligarh Muslim University.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Allah; Education; Fathers; Qur’an, the (Book)

Subjects: Aligarh Muslim University; Education; Fathers; India--History.; Pakistan--History; Qur'an

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793