The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 3: Allamah Fadl-I-Haqq Khairabadi's the Story of the War of Independence
Allamah Fadl-I-Haqq Khairabadi's the Story of the War of Independence
KHAIRABADI was a former chief judge in Lucknow who had retired to Delhi. Although sympathetic to rebel leaders like Maulvi Ahmadullah, he was mistrusted by many due to his former service for the British and excluded from the Emperor's advisory council, of which he was previously a member. A deeply learned scholar, he was highly critical of Wahhabis and Salafists, against whom he issued several fatwas. Unfortunately, after surrendering to the British authorities in January 1859, he confessed to having issued a fatwa against the English during the uprising, and was sentenced to the confiscation of his property and life imprisonment at the cellular jail ...