Professor Mushirul Hasan, a world-renowned historian who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia between 2004-09, passed away on Monday morning. He was 71.
Hasan was credited for writing extensively on the partition of India, and histories of Islam in south-Asia.
Hasan’s health started deteriorating after a road accident in 2014. He is survived by wife Zoya Hasan, a political scientist and academician.
Born on August 15, 1949, Hasan had won several awards, including Padma Shri in the year 2007.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed shocked and sadness on the demise of Mushirul Hasan.
“Shocked to know about the sad demise of noted scholar and writer Mushir ul Hasan ji. His contribution to Jamia Milla Islamia will always be remembered,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Manish Sisodia said passing of Hassan is a great loss.
“Passing away of Mushirul Hasan is a great loss not just to academia, but to all those who believe in standing up for what is right,” Sisodia tweeted.
The CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury remembered Hasan as a blend of syncretic culture and scholarship.
“A Historian, A Teacher, A Vice-Chancellor, An Archivist: Mushir ul Hasan blended all fine qualities of our syncretic culture and scholarship. His work and his books continue to shape our consciousness. Condolences to Prof Zoya Hasan & others in his family,” Yechury tweeted.