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Community and Consensus in Islam

F. Shaikh (Author)
Synopsis Community and Consensus in Islam is a bold attempt to re-introduce the role of ideas in the interpretation of Muslim politics in India between 1860 and 1947. Dr. Shaikh questions the widely-held view that the politics of the period can be adequately explained by reference to pragmatic interests alone. She argues, instead, that the influence of ideas rooted in Islamic tradition must form a crucial dimension of any well-grounded explanation of the determinants of Muslim political practice. The volume makes a substantial contribution to the continuing debate about the causes of the Partition of India in 1947. It offers a radical reinterpretation of Partition as the consequence not only of the configurations of colonial politics, but of the tensions between two contrasting intellectual traditions. The different assumptions of the Islamic and the liberal-democratic traditions about the proper ends of political action did much to sharpen the constitutional attitudes that led inexorably to Partition.
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About the author

F. Shaikh

Born in 1952 in Karachi, Dr. Farzana Shaikh was educated in Pakistan and in the United States. After obtaining an M.A. from the University of Karachi, she worked towards her Ph.D. at Columbia University, New York. She is currently a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge. Dr. Shaikh's articles have appeared in Modern Asian Studies and Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Studies, and she has contributed to a volume on Language, History and Class (Oxford, Blackwell, 1989).

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Title Community and Consensus in Islam
Author F. Shaikh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1991
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0002100258
length xiv+257p., Map; Glossary; Note; Bibliography; Index.