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Title Islamic Culture
Document Type Journal
Language English
Publisher Name Islamic Culture Board
Publisher Region Hyderabad-Deccan


Started in 1927, Islamic Culture was an interdisciplinary journal on the history and culture of Islam in India and abroad. Published quarterly in the months of January, April, July and October under the authority of Nizam’s government in Hyderabad-Deccan, the journal was run by two boards – the managing board and the editorial board. Nawab Mahdi Yar Jung Bahadur remained its chairman in the 1940s, with M. Abdul Mu‘id Khan as its editorial secretary. The editorial board had both resident and corresponding members. The board included Nawab Ali Yavar Jung Bahadur, Prof. Abdur Rahman Khan, Abdul Haq, Prof. Haroon Khan Sherwani, Prof. F.J. Fielden, Prof. Muhammad Shafi, and U.M. Daudpota.

The journal published articles, notes, reports, book reviews and obituaries. The essays published in the journal focused on administration, ethics, geography, history, literature, politics, science, sociology, Sufism and philosophy. Islamic Culture carried reports on the ‘cultural activities’ taking place in various parts of contemporary India – Hyderabad, Deccan, Delhi, north-eastern India, north-western India, and foreign countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany. The journal also published the proceedings of a few conferences such as the All-India Islamic History Conference, Sind Provincial Urdu Conference, and Inter-Asian Conference. At the same time, it published reports on the visits of foreign cultural missions such as the Iranian Cultural Mission to India. The section ‘Cultural Activities’ discussed the status and potential of Arabic and Islamic studies in western countries.

Published articles included H.K. Sherwani’s ‘The Political Thought of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’; S. Sabahuddin’s ‘The Postal System During the Muslim Rule in India’; Yusuf Husain Khan’s ‘The Deccan Policy and Campaigns of the Mughals’; Ghulam Yazdani’s ‘Modern Urdu Poets of Hyderabad’; Louis Nobiron’s ‘Notes on the Arab Calendar before Islam’; Qazi Ahmad Miah Akhtar’s ‘Al-Marwardi: A Sketch of his Life and Works’; and Y. Krishnan’s ‘European Travelers in Mughal India’.

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