Contents: Vol. I: 1707-1831: Introductory/H. Qureshi. 2. Symptoms of decline/Riazul Islam. 3. Successors of 'Alamgir (Bahadur Shah to Muhammad Shah)/S. Moinul Haq, 4. Ahmad Shah, 'Alamgir II and Shah 'Alam/S. Moinul Haq. 5. The Sikhs/M. Rashid Akhtar Nadvi. 6. The Marathas/M. Tafazzul Daud and Ahmad Bashir. 7. The Nawab Wazirs of Oudh/Mirza Ali Azhar. 8. Asaf Jah I/A. Rahim. 9. Shah Abdali and the third battle of Panipat/S. Moinul Haq. 10. The Rohillas/Abdur Rashid. 11. Struggle in Bengal/A. Halim. 12. The East India Company/Namdar Khan. 13. Haidar 'Ali/A. Rahim. 14. Tipu Sultan (I) (struggle against the British)/Mahmud Husain. 15. Tipu Sultan (II) (administrative reforms)/Mahmud Husain. 16. Shah Waliullah (I) (life and achievements in the religious sphere)/Muhammad Ikram. 17. Shah Waliullah (II) (his work in the political field)/Khaliq Ahmad Nizami. 18. The reform movement in Bengal/Abdul Bari. 19. Sayyid Ahmad Shahid (I) (life and teachings)/Mahmud Husain. 20. Sayyid Ahmad Shahid (II) (Jihad)/Mahmud Husain.
Vol. II: 1831-1905: Part I: 1. The last days of the Mughul dynasty/S. Moinul Haq. 2. British interest in Afghanistan/Khwaja A. Haye. 3. The fall of Sind/A. Rahim. 4. The end of Sikh rule/Zafarul Islam. 5. The sale of Kashmir/M. Ziaul Islam. 6. The end of Muslim rule in Oudh/Mohammad Baqir. 7. The successors of Sayyid Ahmad Shahid: Jihad on the North-Western Frontier/Mahmud Husain. 8. Muslim system of education under the later Mughuls/Mulfti Intizamullah Shihabi. 9. British educational policy/A.R. Malick. 10. The causes of the war of independence/I.H. Qureshi. 11. The war of independence, 1857-59 (I)/M.N. Safa. 12. The war of independence, 1857-59 (II)/M.N. Safa.
Vol. II: 1831-1905: Part II: 13. The impact of British rule upon the Muslims/H. Qureshi. 14. The successors of Sayyid Ahmad Shahid: trials and persecution/Mahmud Husain. 15. Hindu reformist and revivalist movements/A. Halim. 16. Deoband and Nadwah (Dar-ul-'Ulum, Deoband)/Maulawi Zafar Ahmed Shastri. 17. The rise of Hindu nationalism/S. Moinul Haq. 18. Syed Ahmed Khan/S. Moinul Haq. 19. The Aligarh movement (educational)/S. Moinul Haq. 20. The Aligarh movement (political and social)/A. Hamid. 21. Sami'-ullah Khan, Mohsin-ul-Mulk and Hali (Sami'-ullah Khan and Mohsin-ul-Mulk)/S. Moinul Haq and Abul Lais Siddiqi. 22. Constitutional changes (1831-1905)/M.B. Ahmad. Index.
Vol. III: 1906-1936: Part I: 1. The Muslims and the partition of Bengal, 1905/A.R. Mallick. 2. Foundation of the All-India Muslim League/Jamil-ud-Din Ahmad. 3. Morely-minto reforms/Latif Ahmad Khan Sherwani. 4. Pan-Islamism/Sharif al-Mujahid. 5. The Lucknow pact/Mahmud Husain. 6. Maulana Mohamed Ali/S. Moinul Haq. 7. Montagu-Chelmsford reforms/G.W. Chaudhri. 8. The Khilafat movement/S. Moinul Haq. 9. Hindu communal movements/I.H. Quraishi. 10. The Nehru report/G.W. Chaudhri. 11. Re-emergence of the All-India Muslim League/Sharif al-Mujahid. 12. The Government of India Act, 1935/Abdul Hamid. 13. The Urdu-Hindu controversy/Syed Hashimi Faridabadi. 14. Efforts at the consolidation of the Muslim position/Abdul Hamid. 15. Off-shoots of the Aligarh movement. 16. Growth of Muslim journalism/Maulana Abdul Majid Salik. 17. Literary trends. 18. 'Allamah Iqbal/Syed Abdul Vahid.
Vol. IV: 1936-1947: Part I and II: I. 1. Introductory/H. Qureshi. II. 1. The Congress in office (1937-39)/Jamil-ud-Din Ahmad. 2. League-Congress negotiations (1937-40)/Jamil-ud-Din Ahmad. 3. The Lahore resolution (1940)/Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada. 4. The cripps mission/G.W. Choudhury. 5. Communal riots/Sharif al-Mujahid. 6. Jinnah-Gandhi talks 1944/Mafizullah Kabir. 7. The Simla conference/Zafarul Islam. 8. The Aligarh Muslim University/A.B.A. Haleem. 9. Dacca university-its role in the freedom movement/M.N. Safa.
"The freedom won by the Indian subcontinent from centuries of British subjugation, immediately after the Second World War set into motion forces that have transformed the political map of the world beyond recognition. The dismemberment of British empire is a major landmark in the march of history; comparable only to the decline and fall of the roman empire.
The freedom won from the British resulted into the birth of two sovereign nations-India and Pakistan. The division of the subcontinent is a living evidence of the two strands in the thinking of the preindependence day leadership. One strand included leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, that considered Muslim not a minority, "which looks at the future with suspicion an fear". . . "but a huge group in such a large number and so widely scattered". . . "that event to think of assigning them attributes of a minority is a blatant deception to one's vision."
There was the other strand according to which Muslims had found themselves "standing at the crossroad of destiny without knowing in which direction safety lay and yet were determined to fight for their right of existence and freedom."
The volumes in this series are an attempt by this group of historians to understand the factors and forces that proved catalyst in the march of history in the subcontinent." (jacket)