Mysticism, Religious Mobilization and Islamic Revivalism in British India: An Assessment of Mujahideen Movement after 1831

  • Muneer Ahmed Chief Editor


Mujahidin movement was a comprehensive endeavour turning mystic
ideologies of social reformation to open fields of confrontation against
the Sikhs and British invaders in India. Imprinted with the philosophy
of Shah Waliullah and mysticism of Shah Abdul Aziz the movement
worked intensively for religious revivalism in Muslim society in the
early nineteenth century. The mujahidin fought several wars and were,
in fact, in a constant war with the invader British forces. During this
constant situation of war, they managed to recruit men and money from
the British India and extended their channels to the settled areas. In the
independence struggle of India this movement have a very significant
role which is much extended and wide. This paper is an attempt to get
an overview of the extended struggle of the movement after the war of
1831 in Balakot, their relationship with the Saadath of Sithana, their
role in the war of independence in 1857, the war of Ambela in 1863
and their role in the independence struggle which culminated in the
partition of India.