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Reclaiming Karbala
Nation, Islam and Literature of the Bengal Muslims (1860s–1940s)

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ISBN 9780367459703
May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Analyzing an extensive range of texts and publications across multiple genres, formats and literary lineages, Reclaiming Karbala studies the emergence and formation of a viable Muslim identity in Bengal over the late-nineteenth century and into the 1940s. Beginning with an explanation of the tenets of Karbala, this multi-layered study explores what it means to be Muslim, as well as the nuanced relationship between religion, linguistic identity and modernity that marks both Bengaliness and Muslimness in the region.This book is an intervention into the literature on regional Islam in Bengal offering a complex perspective on the polemic on religion, region, and language in the formation of a jatiya Bengali Muslim identity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Situating Karbala in Bengal

Chapter 1: Mapping Karbala from orality to print

Chapter 2: Print and Husayn-centric piety

Chapter 3: The Rhetoric of Loss and Recovery: the moment of Muslim jatiya

Chapter 4: The Recovery of the Past: History and Biography

Chapter 5: Literature, Identity and Modernity

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Epsita Halder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University.