Rafiq Zakaria was an Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric. He was closely associated with the Indian independence movement and the Indian National Congress party. He was known for his advocacy of conservative Islam. Zakaria was an alumnus of Ismail Yusuf College, Mumbai. He won the Chancellor's Gold Medal in the MA examination of University of Mumbai and in 1948 received a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His doctoral thesis was titled Muslims in India: a political analysis (from 1885-1906). He was called to the bar from Lincoln's Inn in England and practised law in Mumbai, where he was appointed Chief Public Prosecutor. Zakaria was a close associate of the administration of Jamiaurdu (Hind). He died on 9 July 2005 (aged 85) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
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