Interview with Zakir Ali Khan, August 10, 2006

Project: Partition's First Generation Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Zakir Khan, a Muslim living in Karachi, Pakistan, begins the interview by recalling his childhood spent in India before the partition. Khan's education, and eventual move to Pakistan as a young adult are discussed. Next, Khan's experiences at Aligarh Muslim University are detailed. The philosophy of the university is found to have been based upon the British educational model. Khan briefly describes his family's settlement in Pakistan as well. The interviewee then elaborates upon university life, and its emphasis on sport. The quality of the education at that time and the city of Aligarh are also assessed. Hindu-Muslim relations prior to the partition and Khan's religious upbringing are the next topics of conversation. Following this, Khan talks of his life after the partition in Pakistan, and his efforts to reform the educational system in that nation, as well as what it means to be a Muslim there. Lastly, Khan's opinions of independence, the partition, and a suitable monument to represent Pakistan are deliberated.

Interview Accession

2016oh304_site033

Interviewee Name

Zakir Ali Khan

Interviewer Name

Amber Abbas

Interview Date

2006-08-10

Interview LC Subject

Education Islam Partition Religion

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Khan, Zakir Ali Interview by Amber Abbas. 10 Aug. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Khan, Z.A. (2006, August 10). Interview by A. Abbas. Partition's First Generation Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Khan, Zakir Ali, interview by Amber Abbas. August 10, 2006, Partition's First Generation Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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