Early History

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Early History

The Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy was established on November21, 1914, three days after the death of its founder Maulana Shibli Nomani. He was an erudite scholar and a versatile writer, the Maulana was quick to grasp the need for a modern institution for the study of and research in the various branches of Islamic learning and oriental languages. Both logic and history seemed to confirm his belief that in the absence of well-directed and concentrated research, culture and education tend to get stagnated. To re-orientate the basic concepts of medieval Islamic education and to interpret Islamic history and philosophy in modern terms could introduce an element of dynamism in the entire field of learning. With this end in view he made a two pronged attack on intellectual decadence.In the sphere of education, Shibli helped to found the NadwatuI Ulama, at Lucknow, a model institution for teaching of Arabic and Islamic studies, while in the field of research, he conceived of the plan of Darul Musannefin.An outline of the organisation was first published by Maulana Shibli in the Al-Hilal, the well-known weekly of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was so impressed by the plan that when Maulana Syed Suleman Nadvi later after his mentors death offered the fellowship of Darul Mussanefin to Maulana Azad, he wrote back to him that he would deem it an honour to serve the Academy even in the capacity of a coolie. Maulana Shibli had formulated an ambitious plan but all that he could achieve before his death, on November 18, 1914, was to create an endowment of his spacious garden, two kutchcha bungalows and about 300 books to form the nucleus of a library. He had, however, created a small group of co-workers and pupils who could carry the work further and had also compiled a few standard works to serve as pilot project.