Syed Ahmed Khan and the Aligarh Movement, Reforms in British India
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Syed Ahmed Khan and the Aligarh Movement


The most influential movement of reform was started by Syed Ahmad Khan. Known as Sir Syed he had been in the service of the British government and was a supporter of the British rule. He wanted to remove the bitter enmity between Muslims and the British government to interpret Islam and bring it in conformity with modern science and philosophy and to persuade Muslims to receive modern education and enter the services. In 1862 he founded the Scientific Society to translate and publish scientific works in Urdu to familiarize the people with modern science. His crowning achievement was the establishment of the Mohammedan Anglo- Oriental College at Aligarh in 1875 which later developed into the Aligarh Muslim University.