Maulana Rahmatullah Kairanvi: Turkish Facets of his Life and Work


  • Syed Tanvir Wasti Professor Emeritus, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


Pfander-Kairanvi Agra debate of 1854, missionary onslaught


The article mainly deals with life and works of Maulana Rahmatullah Kairanvi whose erudite religious works were published in Arabic, Persian and Urdu and also translated into English, Turkish and other languages. There are papers in German and English by Christine Schirrmacher dealing with the Pfander-Kairanvi Agra debate of 1854 based on the material of her dissertation. Two exhaustive sources in Urdu also offering details dealing with the historical characters as well as the cultural milieu of the time. Rahmatullah Kairanvi also took up his pen against the missionary onslaught. Kairanvi wrote 18 books that were published from Delhi, Agra and Istanbul. Kairanvi’s books have been translated into several languages. Among his earlier works are the books Ibtal al-Taslis [The Refutation of the Trinity], written in 1854 but first published in Delhi in1875, and ‘Ijaz-i ‘Iswi [The miracle of Jesus] published in Agra in 1854. Kairanvi’s most important and well-known work is the book titled Izhar al Haqq [The Demonstration of the Truth], was first published in Arabic in Istanbul in 1864.


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