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Shibli Academy: Gearing up to face the challenges of the 21st century


It was left to his pupils and co-workers, Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi, Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadwi and Maulana Masood Ali to elaborate his ideas into actual practice. Two years after its inception, the progress of work at the Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy necessitated its re-organisation into seven departments to facilitate research and study on modern lines. These were the Departments of Seerat-e-Nabavi, Research Department, Publication Department, monthly Ma’arif, Library, Buildings Department and the Printing Press. It now became an integrated and self contained institution where research, editing, collation, compilation, calligraphy, printing and sales were organised as parts of a unified process.The Academy also blazed a new trail for the Indian Ulama, who had hitherto been engaged, with few exceptions, in rehashing old material, annotating difficult books, writing comment or expounding the controversial variations in Fiqh. The Academy opened up for them many a new vista of creative writing. But the impact transcended the immediate gains of individual Ulama. The literary and scholastic pursuit, which had slumped into decadence, began coming into its own once again.

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