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2021, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part B

Letters from Lucknow: representation of teacher-student relations and pursuit of knowledge in Mirza Qateel’s Ruqa’at


Author(s): Heena Goswami

Abstract: The article introduces the Ruqaat-e-Qateel, a compilation of letters written by an eminent Persian scholar, Mirza Muhammad Hasan Qateel to his student, Khwaja Imami. The letters were written in the early years of the nineteenth century when Qateel resided in Lucknow while Imami was travelling to various parts of Awadh, in search of employment. The letters throw light on various facets of master-student relationship apart from philosophizing on the purpose of education, itself. What is known in the current historiography of education in pre-colonial India relates mostly to ‘rote-learning’ practiced in madarsas and maqtabs or households under the supervision of private tutors in the early years of a child’s life. The letters in discussion, however, demarcate a move away from such curriculum-based rote learning and focus on an adult’s pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. They also show the teacher’s role as a moral preceptor, a guide as well as a comrade-in-arms.

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How to cite this article:
Heena Goswami. Letters from Lucknow: representation of teacher-student relations and pursuit of knowledge in Mirza Qateel’s Ruqa’at. Int J Hist 2021;3(1):80-83.
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