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Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam Since 1850 [Kindle Edition]

Ayesha Jalal
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415220777
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415220774
  • Edition: 1
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Self and Sovereignty surveys the role of individual Muslim men and women within India and Pakistan from 1850 through to decolonisation and the partition period.
Commencing in colonial times, this book explores and interprets the historical processes through which the perception of the Muslim individual and the community of Islam has been reconfigured over time. Self and Sovereignty examines the relationship between Islam and nationalism and the individual, regional, class and cultural differences that have shaped the discourse and politics of Muslim identity. As well as fascinating discussion of political and religious movements, culture and art, this book includes analysis of:
* press, poetry and politics in late nineteenth century India
* the politics of language and identity - Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi
* Muslim identity, cultural differnce and nationalism
* the Punjab and the politics of Union and Disunion
* the creation of Pakistan
Covering a period of immense upheaval and sometimes devastating violence, this work is an important and enlightening insight into the history of Muslims in South Asia.

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'Jalal has produced an outstanding book, which brings a new level of understanding to the recent history of that third of the world's Muslims who live in South Asia.' - Francis Robinson, Asian Affairs February 2002

About the Author

Ayesha Jalal is Professor of History at Harvard University. Her books include Modern South Asia with Sugata Bose (Routledge, 1998) and Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia (1995).

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  • File Size: 2073 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415220785
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 4, 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA63P6
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Look at South Asia March 10, 2002
By eryczek
A work of encyclopedic proportions, Self and Sovereignty's wide-ranging investigation into South Asian Muslim thought and politics since 1850 is sure to fascinate aficionados of South Asian and Islamic history alike. In almost six hundred pages of meticulously researched analysis, Tufts University scholar Ayesha Jalal surveys the cultural, political and religious movements of the past 150 years in an attempt to unravel the complex intermingling of trends that reconfigured Muslim identities in colonial and postcolonial South Asia. Her questions are as complex as they are provocative: By what process of social re-engineering, combined with preexisting cultural difference, did religious distinctions come to be privileged over class, cultural and regional differences? How were South Asian Muslims able to surmount longstanding cultural, regional and even religious differences, to forge the world's first nation founded on the basis of religion?
But these questions have been asked before. Jalal's point of departure from other contemporary thinkers on the Muslim "problem" in South Asia is found in the boldness and breadth of her objective: to entirely rethink the puzzle of identity and difference in South Asia in the context of the changing relationship between the Muslim individual and community of Islam. Relying extensively on hitherto unexploited sources in Urdu and Punjabi as well as a broad collection of official documents of the late-colonial state, Jalal undertakes a meticulous reexamination of the circumstances by which the idiom of separation prevailed over prospects for Indian unity, presenting the tension between Muslim and Hindu communities in all their manifest complexity.
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