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Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society

Mushirul Hasan (Author)
Synopsis This is a painstakingly researched and passionately written account of the ideas and movements that constitute the Indian Muslim’s experiences over the last two centuries. Divided into five sections, the book analyses the complex processes of identity formation, the politicization of Islam, and the demand for a separate Muslim nation. Part I with its three studies, subjects the idea of a single, unified and inalienable Muslim identity to a critical, penetrating historical evaluation to show how colonial and national discourses formed the Muslim as a counter-identity for Hindu India. Part II analyses the Khilafat movement and the role of its chief protagonists. Pan-Islamism is posited not as a retrogressive ideological instrument but as an anti-colonial ideology responding to popular pressures. The five essays in Part III address the relationship between the Congress and the Muslims during the critical decade of the 1930s, and trace the rise of the Muslim League. The essays on partition uncover the regional and local roots of Muslim nationalism to interrogate existing historical and methodological assumptions. Part IV examines the legacy of partition and traces the genealogies of communal divisions between Hindus and Muslims in North India that eventually led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The last essay explores what remains to be done to understand adequately the growing antipathies between India and Pakistan. Based upon the most reliable and up to date research and interpretation, this book is an indispensable reference for students of Islam, modernism, and civilizational encounters in general and Indian history and nationalism in particular.
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About the author

Mushirul Hasan

Mushirul Hasan, renowned historian and scholar, has authored Legacy of a Divided Nation: India’s Muslims Since Independence (1997); John Company to the Republic: A Story of Modern India (2001); Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society (2002); From Pluralism to Separatism: Qasbas in Colonial Awadh (2003); A Moral Reckoning; Muslim Intellectuals in Nineteenth-century Delhi (2004); The Nehrus: Personal Histories (2006); Partners in Freedom: Jamia Millia Islamia (Niyogi Books 2006) and Wit and Humour in Colonial North India (Niyogi Books, 2007).

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Title Islam in the Subcontinent: Muslims in a Plural Society
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044511
length xiv+530p., Tables.