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Culture and Power in South Asian Islam

Defying the Perpetual Exception, 1st Edition

Edited by Neilesh Bose


136 pages

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This book explores the myriad diversities of South Asian Islam from a historical perspective attuned to the lived practices of Muslims in various portions of South Asia, outside of Urdu, Persian, or Arabic language perspectives. These perspectives are, in some cases taken both from literal regions rarely noticed within discussions of South Asian Islam, such as Sri Lanka, Bengal, and Tamil Nadu. In other contributions the perspectives draw on historiographic interventions about the role of fakīrs in South Asian history, qasbahs in South Asian history, and the role of Aligarh students within the Pakistan movement. As a collection of voices aimed at stimulating debate about the range and diversity of South Asian Islam, the book probes meanings and markers of categories like "Indic," "Islamicate," and "local" or "global" Islam within the context of South Asia. Relevant to debates in the history of South Asia as well as Islamic studies, this collection will serve as a reference point for discussions about South Asian Islam as well as the nature and role of vernacularization as a cultural process. This book was originally published as a special issue of South Asian History and Culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Neilesh Bose

2. The Solidarity Agenda: Aligarh Students and the demand for Pakistan

Amber Abbas

3. Beyond centre-periphery: qasbahs and Muslim life in South Asia

M. Raisur Rahman

4. Asian and Islamic crossings: Malay writing in nineteenth-century Sri Lanka

Ronit Ricci

5. Can ‘Om’ be an Islamic term? Translations, encounters, and Islamic discourse in vernacular South Asia

Torsten Tscacher

6. Remapping Muslim literary culture: folklore, Bulbul, and world-making in colonial Bengal

Neilesh Bose

7. Breaking the begging bowl: morals, drugs, and madness in the fate of the Muslim fakīrNile Green

8. A matrilineal Sufi shaykh in Sri Lanka

Dennis B. McGilvray

9. Epilogue: Margins of anxiety and centres of confidence

A. Azfar Moin

About the Editor

Neilesh Bose is Assistant Professor of History at St. John’s University, New York City, USA. A scholar of South Asian history, decolonization, cultural history and intellectual history, his research examines the history of religion, culture, and language in nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia. He also holds active research interests in imperial history and the history of migrations and diaspora.

About the Series

South Asian History and Culture

This series brings together research on South Asia in the humanities and social sciences, and provides scholars with a platform covering, but not restricted to, their particular fields of interest and specialisation.

A significant concern for the series is to focus across the whole of the region known as South Asia, and not simply on India, as is often the case. There will be a conscious attempt to publish regional studies and bring together scholarship on and from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other parts of South Asia.

This series will consciously initiate synergy between research from within academia and that from outside the formal academy. A focus will be to bring into the mainstream more recently developed disciplines in South Asian studies which have till date remained in the nature of specialised fields: for instance, research on film, media, photography, sport, medicine, environment, to mention a few. The series will address this gap and generate more comprehensive knowledge fields.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General