Eqbal Ahmed Papers
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Correspondence, notes and writings document the life and thought of this eminent Third World scholar. Eqbal Ahmad's major interest in politics and political theory led him to analyze many of the revolutionary and liberation movements of the modern Third World, while remaining vehemently opposed to war and violence. His work examines the consequences of imperialism for developing countries, including anti-imperialist movements, revolutions, and terrorism. His particular area of concern was the Middle East, North Africa, and India and Pakistan, but his interests were wide ranging, and his published writings include works on China, Japan, the Balkans, Latin America and South-east Asia. He was outspoken in his opposition to oppression of all kinds, and many of his columns for the Pakistani newspaper Dawn castigate government corruption, inefficiency and indifference to the plight of the common people. He was an inspiring teacher and an untiring promoter of the value of education, as shown by his work on the Khaldunia University project which proposed an alternative liberal arts college for Pakistan.
Also present are records of the Harrisburg 7 conspiracy trial of 1971-1972, which exemplified the FBI's response to Vietnam war protestors, among whom Eqbal Ahmad must be considered a charter member.
The collection is primarily in English, though a small amount of material is present in French, Arabic, Urdu, Spanish and other modern European languages.
The collection consists of 12 boxes (32 x 27 x 39 cm., 14 cu. ft.) of paper records and AV materials, and 4 tubes (10 x 110 cm., 1.25 cu. ft.) of rolled posters. It includes material dating from 1956 to 1999, with the bulk from 1966 to 1999.