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.

Liaquat Ali Khan: The Celebrity Maulvi

Liaquat ali khan: The celebrity maulvi

LIAQUAT Ali Khan is among the ‘celebrity maulvis’ mentioned in Gautam Bhadra's pioneering study of subaltern leadership in 1857.1 A humble schoolmaster by profession, he had previously served several years in the East India Company army where, Clare Anderson suggests, he had been a regimental saint-soldier (fakir).2 During the Uprising of 1857 he attracted a large following and was proclaimed governor of Allahabad after the outbreak of revolt in the city on 6 June 1857. He set up a government with thanas and chowkis (lock-ups) that survived until the arrival of General Neill's British forces on 15 June, whereupon he fled.3 On 27 June, he was present in Kanpur at the time of ...

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