13 November, 2012
Sufis, Sultans and Feudal Orders: Professor Nurul Hasan Commemoration Volume
By- Mansura Haidar (ed)
Published in association with
Centre for Advanced Study, Aligarh Muslim University
Professor Saiyid Nurul Hasan who hailed from an illustrious family, which had given to the nation a galaxy of luminaries, was a scholar, teacher, parliamentarian, minister, an ambassador to the USSR, governor of West Bengal, a social worker and above all a generous and graceful human being. His friends found him to be imbued with a traditional Lucknow culture, the very embodiment of courtesy and good manners, suave, urbane and highly sophisticated. To him personal ties mattered a great deal which he cultivated irrespective of an individual’s politics or religion.
This book is a glowing tribute to the memory of Professor Saiyid Nurul Hasan by his colleagues, students, relatives and friends and also from a grateful History Department of Aligarh Muslim University which under his stewardship had been elevated to the status of a National Centre of Advanced Study in Medieval History. His area of study was as wide as his field of action. A fact which is reflected in the topics and subjects chosen for this volume. The essays are divided into five sections namely: Sufis; Sultans; Feudal Order; Miscellaneous; and Reminiscences. The volume will be of much use to medieval, modern, maritime and Central Asian historians and scholar.
Mansura Haidar is a well-known specialist on history and culture of Central Asia. She has been teaching Islamic History, History of Central and West Asia and medieval and modern Indian history at the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University for the past thirty-eight years. She has a profound knowledge of Islamic history both in terms of vastness of sphere and span and her information is based on an in-depth study of the original sources.
ISBN 978-81-7304-548-6 2004 514p. Rs.995/Pounds 70
Stealing The Environment: Social and Ecological Effects of Industrialization in Rourkela
By- Rajkishor Meher
In India as in other developing countries intensive industrialization followed by urbanization has now attracted the attention of urban ecologists to the issues of ecological degradation. An attempt has been made in this study to examine not only the issue of industrial pollution, patterns of human settlement and land use in the city, but also to investigate the processes that have contributed to the deteriorating quality of life in Indian cities. Apart from the problem of industrial pollution, this study demonstrates how the social structure of a city also contributes to its environmental decay.
The focus of this research has been on Rourkela which as a city planned to support the Rourkela Steel Plant and its ancillary industrial units, provides a unique opportunity to examine the linkages between industrialization, patterns of urbanization and environmental degradation. The approach adopted in this study is, however, a pragmatic one, which underlines that rejection of modernity is not practicable given the altered gestalt of man today. In other words, mere traditional knowledge systems in themselves are not enough to tackle the problems of a burgeoning population, poverty, hunger and disease.
Hence, instead of rejecting modern industrialization as such the approach adopted here seeks to explore ways by which the resulting ecological damage can be reduced, if not entirely eliminated.
Rajkishor Meher is at present working as Reader in Sociology at Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar.
ISBN 978-81-7304-572-1 2004 246p. Rs.610/Pounds 40