IOS Condolence on the demise of Prof. M. K. A. Siddiqui

IOS Condolence on the demise of Prof. M. K. A. Siddiqui

New Delhi, July 21: With immense grief and sorrow, the Chairman, office-bearers, and members of staff of the Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, offers its condolence on the sad demise of Prof. (Dr.) M.K.A. Siddiqui, who passed away yesterday night at his residence at Kolkata, after a prolonged illness.

Born on January 20, 1929, Prof. Sidddiqui had a Master's Degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology. He had earlier graduated with Honours in Persian and had obtained a Master's Degree in Urdu from the Calcutta University, securing first class first in both the examinations. Dr. Siddiqui was associated with the Anthropological Survey of India since 1953 and held the post of Ex-Superintending Anthropologist.  He was awarded Senior Fellowship of the ICSSR in 1988. He later joined the Asiatic Society as Research Professor in 1994. Prof. Siddiqui devoted major part of his career in Anthropological research, carrying out field investigations among the tribal communities and folk and urban societies. Among the books he has published include: 'Muslims of Calcutta: A Study in Aspects of their Social Organization’, 'Hindustan ke Adivasi' and 'The Didayi: A Forgotten Tribe of Orissa', 'Inter-caste and inter-community relationship: Developing patterns' etc. He has contributed more than 75 research articles in different academic journals.

Prof. Siddiqui was deeply associated with the Institute of Objective Studies since its inception, and has been member of its governing council, and Coordinator of IOS Kolkata Chapter for a long period of time.

Prof. M. K. A. Siddiqui immensely contributed in IOS programmes and successfully accomplished several projects related to Sociology and Social Anthropology. He produced a series on "An Encyclopedic Compendium of Muslim Communities in the World" (in 5 Volumes) for the IOS, besides some important books such as “Institutions & Associations of the Muslims in Calcutta, “Muslims in Free India: Their Social Profile and Problems”, “Life in the Slums of Calcutta”, “Voluntary Associations of the Muslims in Calcutta”, “Marginal Muslim Communities in India”, “Hindu-Muslim Understanding” and “Social & Cultural Empowerment of Muslims in India” etc.

He was the recipient of the 9th IOS Shah Waliullah Award for his contributions in Sociology and Social Anthropology in Islamic Perspective conferred on him on December 22, 2012 at Kolkata.

May Allah SWT, accept all his good deeds, and grant him with His choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus, and give sabr to his family at this great loss. Aamin.


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