Haroon Khan Sherwani (1891–1980) was a renowned Indian historian, scholar, and author.
He was educated in Aligarh, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Grenoble and Geneva. At the age of 15, he went to London to pursue higher education. There he went on to receive degrees from both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. He was called to the bar two years later. He also spent extensive time studying French at the University of Grenoble in France and the University of Genevain Switzerland. He became head of the department of History and Political Science in Osmania University and was later appointed Principal of Nizam College, Hyderabad, 1945–46, and then of Anglo-Arabic College, Delhi, 1947-48. Professor Sherwani was a scholar of Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, English, French & Persian. His contributions to the study of Deccan history are perhaps rivaled by none other.
Awards and distinctions
- Padma Bhushan given by the Government of India to recognize his contributions to the study of Indian history, 1969
- Honorary Doctor of Letters, Aligarh University, 1976
- Elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, London, 1978
- President, Non-European History Section, VIII International Congress of Historical Sciences, Zurich, 1938
- President, Medieval Section, Indian History Congress, 1943
- President, Fifteenth Indian Political Science Conference, Alighar, 1952
- Member, Indian Delegation to the Commonwealth Relations Conference, Lahore, 1953
- President, Indian History Congress. Jubilee Session, Poona, 1963
- President, Central and South Asian Section, International Conference of Asian History, Hong Kong, 1964
- Member, Committee appointed by Indian Parliament to translate the Constitution of India into Urdu
- Muslim Political Thought and Administration by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Munhshiram Manoharlal; 1st Indian ed edition (1981); 215 pages
This book is the most comprehensive study of the political theories of Muslim thinkers. His survey of Muslim political thought begins with the Ideal State as depicted in the Quran, and provides an insight not only into the working of the political mind of some of the most eminent Muslim thinkers but also gives a running commentary on the working of the political institutions under which they lived in order to find out whether there was any connecting link between their political ideas and the atmosphere in which they flourished.
- The Bahmanis of Deccan by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India 1985; 364 pages
Bahmani history covers a very important part of the history of medieval India and corresponds to the period of a unified Deccan. Pre-Bahmani medieval Deccan extended to just half century when the land was governed rather precariously by the Sultans of Delhi, while the two countries between the fall of the Bahmanis and the establishment of the Asaf jahi rule was a period of complete disunion. Perhaps the first attempt at a comprehensive history of a part of the Bahmani rule was made by Professor Sherwani in his book, Mahmud Gawan, the great Bahmani Wazir which was published in 1941. The book was exceedingly well received. The age of Mahmud Gawan forms only a small though a glorious part of the history of Bahmani Deccan which is now being presented to the learned public.
- Studies in the Foreign Relations of India, from the earliest times to 1947 by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, India 1975.
- Cultural Trends in Medieval India: Architecture, Painting, Literature & Language by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Bombay, New York, Asia Publication House 1968.
- History of Medieval Deccan, 1295-1724 by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Printing and Publication Bureau, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (1973)
- Cultural Understanding in Medieval India by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Hyderabad, Deccan; 1962
- History of the Qutb Shahi dynasty by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers (1974); 739 pages
- The Bahmani Kingdom by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: National Information & Publications (1947)
- Mahmud Gawan, the Great Bahmani Wazir by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Allahabad: Kitabistan, 1942.
- Muhammad-Quli Qutb Shah, founder of Haidarabad by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: London, Asia Publication House, 1967.
- Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Karachi, Pakistan Historical Society, 1962.
- The Origin of Islamic Polity: the Qur'anic State by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Hyderabad : Deccan, 1936.
- A Muslim Political Thinker of the 9th century, A.C. by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Allahabad: Kitabistan, 1942
- Muslim Colonies in France, Northern Italy and Switzerland by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Pakistan : Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, 1955.
- The Islamic Conception of Sovereignty by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Woking Muslim Mission and Literary Trust (1957)
- Five Great Oriental Political Philosophers by Haroon Khan Sherwani
Publisher: Hyderabad Printing Works (1934)
Urdu Translation of Adolf Holm's 'History of Ancient Greece'
Member, Committee for the Urdu Translation of the Constitution of India
English Translation of Joseph Toussaint Reinaud's French book entitled 'Invasions des sarrazinz en France, et de France en savoie en piedmont et en suisse' published in 1836
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