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AMU stops teaching books of Pakistani, Egyptian authors on BJP’s behest

Aligarh , August 2 (KMS):  The management committee of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the order of  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government  has decided to exclude the books written by Pakistani and Egyptian authors from the syllabus.

The books, written by Islamic scholar and prominent writer Abu al-A’la al-Mawdudi and Egyptian writer Sayyid Qutb, were taught in the Department of Islamic Studies to the BA and MA students in Aligarh Muslim University in Indian state Utter Pardash.

This decision has been taken in response to a recent letter that was written by Hindutva RSS activist and academician Madhu Kishwar, along with some other Hindutva RSS-BJP minded academicians, to Indian PM Modi, in which the books of these authors were demanded not to be taught to the students,” India media quoted a senior from the university staff as saying.

The letter also had other universities teaching these books including the Jamia Milia Islamia and Hamdard University in Delhi.

In this regard, Head Professor Muhammad Ismail of the Islamic Studies Department said that the board has decided on removing all the books from the curriculum that are written by Pakistani authors, adding that these books have been taught for a long time and they do not promote anything controversial.

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