The Academy did rekindle in the minds of the Ulama the desire for creative and critical study of Islamic history and other branches of Muslim learning. With the zeal of a missionary, Maulana Shibli had already produced a large number of books on a variety of subjects and these served as models for the writers who followed. His Sher-ul-Ajam for example, is a history of the Persian language and literature and Mowazina-i-Anis-o-Dabeer is a masterpiece of literary criticism in Urdu. Two other books Al-Farooq and Al-Mamoon are the first important Islamic biographies in Urdu. But his work of monumental dimensions is the Seerat-un-Nabi (Life of the Prophet) for which a separate Department had to be created later. Shibli had collected a stupendous volume of material on the subject but he had attempted only the first two of the six volumes of the seerat, when death cut short a brilliant career. The rest of material was arranged and put into shape by his trusted pupil and colleague, Syed Sulaiman Nadvi.The work had been acknowledged to be the most authentic and comprehensive account of the various facets of Prophet Muhammad’s life and teachings. Turkey has already translated it in Turkish, while Pakistan and U.A.R. are rendering it into English and Arabic respectively. The work, perhaps for the first time, attempts to put the historical role of Islam and its Prophet into correct perspective and underlines Prophet’s contribution to the cause of human progress, universal peace and brotherhood, and his spiritual and moral achievements.Inspired by the zest and the noble motives of the founder, the Academy has, during the last half of a century, published about 100 volumes of edited or compiled works by its Fellows. Some of these works are indeed encyclopedic in character. Besides the Seerat-un-Nabi the collection of the biographical sketches of the companions of the Holy Prophet, entitled the Seyar-us-Sahaba, is also a stupendous work.The AI-Farooq ( the Life of Caliph Omar) by Maulana Shibli, has won recognition from the scholars of Iran and Afghanistan, where its translation was undertaken, as a remarkable book still unsurpassed for its scholarly treatment The English translation of this book was attempted by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan.
In the literary field, Maulana Shibli’s Sher-ul-Ajam was highly spoken of by Prof. Browne of the Cambridge University and even today it enjoys great reputation among scholars. It has been translated in Iran and Afghanistan. Similarly, the life and work of the famous poet, Omar Khayam, by Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, is regarded as an outstanding work of research and criticism and has been translated into Persian in Iran. The Sher-ul-Hind (in two volumes) by Abdus Salam Nadvi and Gul-i-Rana by Abdul Hai are valuable critical history of Urdu poetry.In the field of history and culture, the Academy, has published a large number of books, many of which have received awards from the State or the Central Government. So far, it has published 15 volumes on Islamic history and 17 on the history of Medieval India.The number of books published and the variety of subjects covered constitute an impressive record. These include Life of the Holy Prophet (6 Volumes), other biographies (23 Volumes), Literature (17 Volumes), History of Medieval India (17 Volumes), Islamic History (17 Volumes), Philosophy (11 Volumes), Arabic works (5 Volumes), Geographical History (2 Volumes), Dictionary. (1) Volume), Psychology (2 Volumes), Miscellaneous (17 Volumes), Total:118 volumes, number of pages: 39,481. A large number of these works have been prescribed for the degree courses of the various universities of India and Pakistan. In the next seven years the Academy proposes to bring out 20 volumes on different aspects of history, culture and Islamic religion.
Biography of the prophet of Islam Series (Seerat-un-Nabi)
Seerat-un-Nabi in Seven volumes is Magnum opus of the Academy. Allama Shibli collected stupendous amount of research material on the subject but could write only first two volumes when death cut short a brilliant carrier. His able disciple Syed Sulaiman Nadvi completed the remaining five volumes. The work has been acknowledged as the most authentic and comprehensive account of the life and teachings of the Prophet of Islam.
1. Vol – I Allama Shibli Nomani -----
It contains a long scholarly introduction on the art of biography, describes the history of Arabia before the annunication of Prophethood.
2. Vol – II Allama Shibli Nomani -----
It contains description of events from ninth to eleventh Hijra, the Prophet’s efforts in establishing and maintaining peace in the land, last pilgrimage, death; the Prophet’s nature, manners, virtues, his wives and progeny.
3. Vol – III Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ------
Describes the nature of miracles, The possibility of their happening in the light of ancient and modern philosophies, revelations. ascension, angels.
4. Vol – IV Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ------
Discusses the nature of prophethood, religious and moral conditions of Arabia before Islam, the Prophet’s grand effort in the field of social reform.
5. Vol – V Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ------
Discusses nature and meaning of prayers, Namaz, Zakat, fast, Pilgrimage, Significance of holy war, piety, contentment etc.
6. Vol – VI Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ------
Explains Islamic ethics, Islamic moral teaching, tolerance, forgiving, importance of difference of opinion in Islam.
7. Vol – VII Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ------
State and Government, relation between state and religion, executive power of state, political aspect of Islam, Caliphate.
8. Khutbat-e-Madras : (Madras Lectures ) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
Eight Lectures delivered by the author to the students of English schools and common muslims in Madras (now Chennai) on various aspects of the life of prophet Mohammad PBUH.
9. Rahmat-e-Alam : (A Blessing for the mankind) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
Biography of the Prophet for madrasah and school children in easy and lucid style.
Biographies of the companions of the prophet Series (Sayer-us-Sahaba)
Sayer-us-Sahaba in eleven volumes is an encyclopaedic work containing biographies of the companions of the holy Prophet and their followers and their follower’s followers.
1- Vol – I Khulfa-e-Rashideen : Biographies of the first four Caliphs of Islam.
Shah Moinuddin Nadvi
2- Vol – II Muhajireen – I : Biographies of the Emigrant companions of the holy Prophet who left Mecca with the prophet or after him.
Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
3- Vol – III Muhajireen – II : Biographies of the Emigrant companions of the holy Prophet who left Mecca with the prophet or after him.
Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
4- Vol – IV Sayer-ul-Ansar–I : Biographies of the Host companions of the Prophet of Islam in Madina who flung open their doors for the Prophet and his Emigrant companions of Mecca.
5- Vol – V Sayer-ul-Ansar–II : Biographies of the Host companions of the Prophet of Islam in Madina who flung open their doors for the Prophet and his Emigrant companions of Mecca.
6- Vol – VI : Imam Hasan, Amir Muaviya, Imam Husain, Abdullah bin Zubair : Biographies of the four important claimants of the office of caliph.
Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
7- Vol – VII Asaghir Sahaba : Biographies of the minor companions of the prophet of Islam.
Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
8- Vol – VIII Sayer-us-Sahabiat :Biographies of the women companions of the prophet’s wives, daughters and woman Emigrant and Host companions of the Prophet.
9- Vol – IX Uswa-e-Sahaba – I : Studies of the characters of the companions of the holy prophet of Islam.
Abdus Salam Nadvi,
10- Vol – X Uswa-e-Sahaba – II : Studies of the characters of the companions of the holy prophet of Islam.
Abdus Salam Nadvi
11- Vol – XI Uswa-e-Sahabiat : Studies of the characters of the contemporary women companions of the holy Prophet.
Abdus Salam Nadvi
12- Ahle Kitab Sahaba wa Tabaeen : Biographies of the men and women companions and their followers who were Jews and Christians but later on adopted Islam.
Hafiz Mujeebullah Nadvi
13- Tabaeen : Biographies of the followers of the prophet’s companions and their achievements.
Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
14- Taba Tabaeen – I : Biographies of the disciples of the followers of the prophet’s companions.
Hafiz Mujeebullah Nadvi
15- Taba Tabaeen – II : Biographies of the followers of the followers of the prophet’s companions.
Dr Mohd Naeem Siddiqui Nadvi
Biographies -- The lives of other luminaries of Islam and Imams
1- Al -Farooq I & II : (Life of Omar Farooq) - Allama Shibli Nomani
The author describes the life of Hazrat Omar from birth to death. His financial acumen his civil and military administration, his nature, temperament and moral uprightness. His knowledge of jurisprudence and its application has been described in a praise worthy way. The book has won recognition from scholars of the middle east and south Asia and is still unsurpassed for its scholarly treatment.
2- Al Ghazzali : (Life of Imam Mohd Ghazzali) - Allama Shibli Nomani
The author has described the life and achievements of Imam Ghazzali, the great philosopher of Islam.
3- Al Mamoon : (Life and achievements of Imam Rasheed ) - Allama Shibli Nomani
The book deals with the life and academic achievements of the great Abbaside ruler Mamoon Rasheed. His administration, his conquest and the lives of learned people of his age have also been given place in this book.
4- Seerat-un-Noman : (Life of Abu Haneefa) - Allama Shibli Nomani
The book deals with the life of Abu Haneefa, his way of compiling and interpretting Islamic laws. At the end the names of his renowned disciples also have been given.
5- Seerat Umar bin Abdul Aziz : (Life of Umar bin Abdul Aziz ) - Abdus Salam Nadvi
The book deals with the life of the great Ommayyid Caliph Umar bin Abdul Aziz and his reformative efforts in interpretting Islamic laws.
6- Seerat-e-Ayesha : (Life of Hazrat Ayesha) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
The author discusses the events of the life of Hazrat Ayesha, wife of the prophet of Islam, her virtues, her sharp intelligence and independent views.
7- Imam Razi : (Life of Imam Fakhruddin Razi) - Abdus Slalam Nadvi
The book deals with the life of Imam Fakhruddin Razi, the famous scholar and commentator of the holy Quran, details of his writings, explanations and interpretation of his views on various problems regarding commentary on holy Quran and philosophy.
8- Sawaneh Maulana Room : (Life of Jalaluddin Roomi)
Allama Shibli Nomani, The author has presented the life of Jalaluddin Roomi in detail, along with the famous verse (Masnavi) and other works, author’s appreciation and his criticism on Roomi’s works are readable material.
9- Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti : (Life of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti) - Syed Sabahuddin Abdur Rehman
A short but authentic life history of Moinuddin Chishti.
10- Hazrat Abul Hasan Ali Hajveri : (Life of Hazrat Abul Hasan Ali Hajveri) - Syed Sabahuddin Abdur Rehman
A life history of sofi Abul Hasan Ali Hajveri, his place and achievements. The origin of sofism is also discussed.
11- Hayat-e-Shibli : (Life and contribution of Shibli Nomani) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, a talented disciple of Allama Shibli Nomani, authored this authentic and comprehensive book on his mentor. He prepared his pedigree and wrote about his education, his teachers, his stay at Aligarh with Arnold and Syed Ahmad Khan, Shibli at Nadwah, his educational reform in madrasa curriculum, the idea of Darul Musannefin, his disciples at Azamgarh, his high class works, Seerat-un-Nabi, Al Farooque, Al-Ghazzali, Al Mamoon, Seerat-un-Noman, Sherul Ajam (5vols) Sawaneh Maulana Room, Safarnama Room -o- Misr-o- Sham and many other works.
12- Hayat-e-Sulaiman : (Life and contribution of Syed Sulaiman Nadvi ) - Shah Moinuddin Ahmad Nadvi
Sulaiman Nadvi at Nadwah as a disciple of Allama Shibli, his wonderful speech at a welcome meeting, his contribution at Darul Musannefin, his high class works there, Seerat-un-Nabi, Seerat Ayesha, Hayat Imam Malik, Hayat-e-Shibli, Khayyam, Khutbat-e-Madras, Tarikh Arzul Quran, Arab-wa-Hind ke Tallauqat etc.
13- Maulana Shibli per ek nazar : (A Glance on Shibli Nomani ) - S. Sabahuddin Abdur Rehman
This booklet was written on the request of Sahitya Academy, New Delhi. It contains Allama Shibli’s brief life and his literary and practical achievements.
14- Tazkerat-ul-Mohaddiseen - I : (Lives of the scholars of traditions –I ) - Maulana Ziauddin Islahi
This volume contains biographies of those renowned scholars of tradition who authored books on tradition and lived between the end of 2nd century Hijri and beginning of the 4th century Hijri.
15- Tazkerat-ul-Mohaddiseen - II : (Lives of the scholars of tradition – II ) - Maulana Ziauddin Islahi
This volume contains biographies of scholars of the prophet’s tradition who lived in later half of the 4th century Hijri and upto eighth century Hijri.
16- Tazkerat-ul-Mohaddiseen - III : (Lives of the scholars of traditions – III ) - Maulana Ziauddin Islahi
This volume contains life history of those Indian scholars of the prophet’s tradition who lived from sixth century Hijri upto the lineage of Sheikh Abdul Haq of Delhi.
17- Mohammad Ali ki Yaad mein : (In memory of Mohammad Ali) -S. Sabahudddin A. Rehman
In this book some important and useful information has been presented from the stormy political life of Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar.
18- Yad-e-Raftagan : (Remembering the departed ones) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
This is a collection of Syed Sulaiman’s pathetic obituaries written on the demise of his teachers, spritual guides, friends and contemporary celebrities.
19- Bazm-e-Raftagan – I : (Galaxy of the departed ones- I ) - S. Sabahuddin A. Rehman
This book contains obituaries on ten important personalities including Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Habibur Rahman Khan Sherwani, Manazir Ahsan Geelani and Abdus Salam Nadvi.
20- Bazm-e-Raftagan – II : (Galaxy of the departed ones – II ) - S. Sabahuddin A. Rehman
The pen sketches of this book belong to renowned personalities written after their demise. Political stalwarts occupy spaces in the beginning and scholars and academician find places later.
21- Sufi Amir Khusro : (Mystic Amir Khusro) - S. Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Amir Khusro the renowned Persian poet and devoted disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin, his mystic life and poetry are the theme of this booklet.
22- Tazkeratul Fuqaha-I : (Biographies of Muslim Jurists) - M. Omer-us-Siddiq Nadvi
In this book the author has discussed the life history of Imam Boweti Shafai to Imam Abu Ishaq ie 36 Jurists from third century Hijri to the beginning of the fifth century Hijri.
23- Tazkera Mufassireen Hind : (Biographies of Indian commentators of the Holy Quran) - M. Arif Azmi Umri
The book has two parts . In the first part early Indian Commentators of the holy Quran have been introdued . In the second part Shah Waliulah his family, his lineage, his disciple and his contemporary commentators have been discussed.
24- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad : (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad ) - Ziauddin Islahi
The main thrust of the book is on three aspects.
1- Maulana Azad’s religious views
2- His stature and contribution in journalism.
3- His role in national struggle for India’s independence.
Books on the Holy Quran Series
1- Tarikh Arzul Quran I, II : (History of the land of Holy Quran ) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
It deals with geographical history of the Holy Quran.
2- Taleem-ul- Quran : (Teachings of the Quran ) - Mohd Owais Nigrami Nadvi
This book has been written by the author in simple and captivating language for Muslim children on religious and moral teaching of the Quran.
3- Jama – wa – Tadveen Quran : (Collection and compilation of Quran ) - Syed Siddiq Hasan
A scholarly and investigative discussion on the history of collection and compilation of Quranic aayats through philosophical scientific as well as traditional arguments to prove that the Quran was collected and compiled during the life of the Prophet.
History of Islam Series
1- Tarikh –e-Islam - I : (History of Islam – I ) - Shah Moinuddin Nadvi
Deals with the period of the Prophet of Islam and the first four Caliph of Islam.
2- Tarikh –e-Islam - II : (History of Islam – II )-Shah Moinuddin Nadvi
Deals with History of Ommayyids spreading over hundred years.
3- Tarikh –e-Islam - III : (History of Islam – III )-Shah Moinuddin Nadvi
Deals with History of Abbasides spreading over two hundred years 750 AD to 944 AD ie starting with Abul Abbas Siffah to Abu Ishaq Muttaqi Billah.
4- Tarikh –e-Islam - IV : (History of Islam – IV ) -Shah Moinuddin Nadvi
Deals with History of Abbasides spreading over more than three hundred years ie starting from Mustaki Billah to the last Abbasides Caliph Motasim Billah.
5- Tarikh Daulat –e- Usmania I : (History of Ottoman Empire – I ) - Dr. Mohd. Ozair
Deals with rise and fall of Ottoman Empire 1288 AD – 1808 AD and its great achievements.
6- Tarikh Daulat –e- Usmania II : (History of Ottoman Empire – II ) - Dr. Mohd. Ozair
Deals with rise and fall of Ottoman Empire 1808 AD to 1919 AD and its great accomplishments.
7- Tarikh –e- Saqlia - I : (History of Muslim Rule in Sicily – I ) - Reyasat Ali Nadvi
Describes the geographical condition of Sicily, Muslim invasions on the island and establishment of Islamic state, its rise and ultimate fall, troubles for its Muslim masses and their migration to other countries.
8- Tarikh –e- Saqlia - II : (History of Muslim Rule in Sicily –II ) - Reyasat Ali Nadvi
It deals with Cultural geography during Muslim rule in Sicily, System of government, Agriculture and Industry, Occupations and trade, Culture and the way of living, influence of Muslim Culture on Europe.
9- Tarikh –e- Undulus - I : (History of Spain – I ) - Reyasat Ali Nadvi
The book contains historical geography of Spain, its history in brief, from Tariq’s conquest to A. Rehman’s period ( 712 to 852 ) a complete political history of the period.
10- Hamari Badshahi : (A Brief History of Islam ) - Abdus Salam Qidwai Nadvi
Deals with history of Islam from the beginning in Arab to Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkistan, Afghanistan, India and Spain but in brief.
11- Bahadur Khawateen-e-Islam : (Brave Muslim Women ) - Syed Sulaiman Nadvi
The author describes the bravery shown by Muslim women in a captivating language. He also throws light on the rights of women in Islam.
12- Islam mein Mazhabi Rawadari : (Religious Tolerance in Islam ) - S. Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Islamic teachings, with respect to religious tolerance. Prophets behaviours towards Jews and Christians, generous attitudes of Islamic governments and governers towards people of other religions.
History of India Series
1- Muqadma Ruqaat-e- Alamgeer : (Introduction to the letters of Alamgeer ) - Syed Najeeb Ashraf Nadvi
A scholarly introduction on notes,letters and correspondence of Aurangzeb Alamgeer, history of royal correspondence, comments on Aurangzeb’s style of writing critical approval of all events from his birth to brotherly clashes in the light of his letters.
2- Bazm-e- Taimuriya – I : (History of Mughal Court- I ) - S. Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Early Moghal kings (Babur, Humayun & Akbar) their love for knowledge and Literature, their patronage to scholars, poet& man of distinction.
3- Bazm-e- Taimuriya – II : (History of Mughal Court- I ) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Jahangeer and Shahjahan’s love for learning their patronage to sholars poets and man of skill.
4- Bazm-e- Taimuriya – III : (History of Mughal Court- I ) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Aurangzeb Alamgeer, Later kings, princes and princess, theit love for learning, patronage to poets and scholars.
5- Bazm-e- Sufiya : (Galaxy of Saints ) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Early Moghal kings ( Babur, Humayun & Akbar) their love for knowledge and Literature, their patronage to scholars, poet& man of distinction.
6- Bazm-e- Mamlukia : (History of slave Dynesty) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
This book deals with history of the literary activities if the courts of Slave Dynesty in India. Their Patronage to Scholars and Poets and respect to sains.
7- Hindustan ke Ahde Wusta ki Ek Ek Jhalak : (Glimpses of the Medieval Period of India ) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
Political, Cultural and social story of Pre-Mughal Muslim rulers, narrated by Hindu and Muslim Historians.
8- Mukhtasar Tarikh –e- Hind : (A Short History of India ) - Syed Abu Zafar Nadvi
A book of short history of India written for students of Maktabs and Madrasas.
9- Hindustan ki Kahani : (Story of India )
Abdus Salam Qidwai Nadvi A small book written for students of Maktabs and Madrasas in a very easy and simple Language.
10- Hindustan ke Ahde Wusta ka Fauji Nizam : (Military Organization of the Medieval India ) - S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
The author has described the Military Administration of those governments whose war legends are linked with their culture advancement. Where their sparior war techniques are described, their efforts in field of Education, Culture and Social upliftment could not ecsape the author’s eyes.
11- Hindustan ke Musalman Hukmaranon Ke Ahd ke Tamadduni Jalve : (Glimpses of Cultural Muslim Rules in India)-S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
The author narrates each and every theme of Plendour during the period of Delhi Sultans and Mughal Kings Court, their Palaces, apparel, costumes ornaments, jwellery, Scents, festivities musical concert paintings.
12- Hindustan ke Salateen Ulema aur Mashaikh par ek Nazar : (A Glance on relations among Salateen Scholars and Saints of India ) -S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
This book throws light on relations among Muslims rulers, Scholars and Saints of India.
13- Hindustan Arbon ki Nazar mein : [2 volumes] : (India in the eyes of Arabs )-S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
This book give accounts of Hindu religion, Society, learning, Culture etc as observed by Arab Scholars, Geographs and Travellers.
14- Hindustan ke Salateen Ulema aur Mashaikh par ek Nazar : (A Glance on relations among Salateen Scholars and Saints of India )
S.Sabahuddin A. Rehman
This book throws light on relations among Muslims rulers, Scholars and Saints of India
15. Tarikh –e- Sindh : (History of Sindh) - Syed Abu Zafar Nadvi
The book deals with the history of Sindh with authencity. It os important because first Muslim Carvans settled here. It contains many maps showing regional position of the area.