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Fida Hassnain

Fida Hassnain (Urdu فدا حسنین; Srinagar, 1924) is a Kashmiri writer and Sufi mystic.

He was born in 1924 in Srinagar, Kashmir, the child of schoolteachers. His father fought with the British Indian forces in the Boer War in South Africa in 1902. [1] Fida Hassnain studied law and became a barrister, but the events surrounding the partition of colonial British India made him lose faith in the law, and after a short period of social work he became a lecturer in 1947 at SP College in Sringanar. In 1954, he became Director of the Kashmir State Archives, retiring in 1983. [2]

His study tours resulted in the salvaging of several hundred manuscripts in Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian, which were housed in the Archives and Oriental Research Libraries. .[3] As an amateur archaeologist, he has conducted several excavations.

He has written several books on the subject of Lost years of Jesus and Kashmir,[4] which have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Japanese. He has made frequent guest appearances in documentaries about the tomb of Roza Bal supporting the teaching of the founder of Ahmadiyya Islam Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1899) that Jesus of Nazareth died in India. Academic reception of Hassnain's works has been highly critical - academics dismissing these claims include the academics Günter Grönbold, Wilhelm Schneemelcher, Norbert Klatt, Per Beskow, and Gerald O'Collins.[5]

In January 2009 The Jammu Kashmir Government recognized Hassnain for his lifetime contributions.[6]


  1. Biographical notes of author in Appendix of "A Search for the Historical Jesus" -- published 1994 in the UK
  2. Biographical notes of author in Appendix of "A Search for the Historical Jesus" -- published 1994 in the UK
  3. Fowler, Lilly (January 4, 2008). "For 17 years, what did Jesus do?". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  4. Ramesh, Randeep (November 19, 2007). "Hollywood takes action hero Jesus to India". The Guardian. Retrieved February 1, 2009. 
  5. Mark Bothe Die "Jesus-in-Indien-Legende" - Eine alternative Jesus-Erzählung? - 2011 - Page 30 "1.4.2 Fida Hassnain - Fida M. Hassnain wurde 1924 in Srinagar, Kaschmir, ..."
  6. "Govt confers State awards to 17 outstanding persons". The Shadow: Daily News Paper Jammu. January 25, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2009. [dead link]