I came across this quite interesting article from early Januar this year. The author, Maulana Abdullah Javaid Sahab, tries to strive against the mainstream idea of Aligarh and Deoband automaticly contradicting eachother in a thought-provoking way.
Maulana Abdullah Javaid has been the Incharge of Foreign Students Office in Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband. He has been on the editorial board of the monthly ‘Dar-ul-Uloom’ and has edited the Urdu fortnightly ‘Markaz’. He has translated the famous compilation of hadiths ‘Mishkat-al-Masabeeh’ in Urdu under the name ‘Mazahir-e-Haq Jadeed’ and has published several articles. He is currently involved in translating ‘Kitabul Maghazi’, by Allama Waqidi in Urdu and has published a portion of it under the title ‘Tareek Fa Toohat-e-Islami’.
Maulana Javaid begins from the shared starting point of Shah Waliuallah (Rahmatullahi Alayhi), who “started the renaissance of Islam in the Indian sub-continent” and concludes his article with the “controversial figure” of Sir Syed, with whose religious beliefs both movements differed.
Aligarh and Deoband: is there any contradiction? [on IndianMuslim.info]