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Anṣārī, Mukhtār Aḥmad
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Mukhtār Aḥmad Anṣārī (1880–1936) was a medical doctor who gained national prominence as the president of the Indian National Congress (founded in 1885) and the chief protagonist of secular nationalism. He claimed to be a descendant of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī (d. 52/672), a warrior and a venturesome conqueror who, when fighting across the Bosporus at the age of ninety or more, died and, as he had requested, was buried at Constantinople.

M. A. Anṣārī, as he was popularly known, was educated in Ghāzīpūr, the district town close to his village, Yūsufpūr, in eastern Uttar P…

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Hasan, Mushirul, “Anṣārī, Mukhtār Aḥmad”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0248>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161641, 2007, 2007-3

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