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The Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) Movement: Badshah Khan and the Northwest Frontier in British India (1933-1937)
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (2009)
  • Lester R. Kurtz, George Mason University
Abstract

In 1929, the Khudai Khidmatgars (“Servants of God”) movement, led by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, nonviolently mobilized to oppose the British in India’s Northwest Frontier Province. Ghaffar Khan and the Khudai Khidmatgar movement inspired thousands of Pashtuns (also called Pathans), who were known as fierce warriors, and others to lay down their arms and use civil resistance to challenge British rule. Although Ghaffar Khan’s initial reform efforts predated his involvement with Gandhi and the Indian National Congress (INC), he later formed a formal alliance with them and became a formidable force during and following the INC’s civil disobedience campaign of 1930-1931, helping the INC win provincial elections in 1937.

Keywords
  • Nonviolent civil resistance,
  • Gandhi,
  • Badshah Khan,
  • Islam,
  • Islam and nonviolence,
  • anti-colonialism,
  • Pakistan,
  • Indian Independence Movement,
  • British Empire
Publication Date
July, 2009
Citation Information
Lester R. Kurtz. "The Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) Movement: Badshah Khan and the Northwest Frontier in British India (1933-1937)" International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lester_kurtz/27/