Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire by Nile Green | 9780521898454 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire

Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire

by Nile Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898455

ISBN-13: 9780521898454

Pub. Date: 05/14/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Set in Hyderabad in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book, a study of the cultural world of the Muslim soldiers of colonial India, focuses on the soldiers' relationships with the faqir holy men who protected them and the British officers they served. Drawing on Urdu as well as European sources, the book uses the biographies of Muslim holy men

Overview

Set in Hyderabad in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book, a study of the cultural world of the Muslim soldiers of colonial India, focuses on the soldiers' relationships with the faqir holy men who protected them and the British officers they served. Drawing on Urdu as well as European sources, the book uses the biographies of Muslim holy men and their military followers to recreate the extraordinary encounter between a barracks culture of miracle stories, carnivals, drug-use and madness with a colonial culture of mutiny memoirs, Evangelicalism, magistrates and the asylum. It explores the ways in which the colonial army helped promote this sepoy religion while at the same time attempting to control and suppress certain aspects of it. The book brings to light the existence of a distinct 'barracks Islam' and shows its importance to the cultural no less than the military history of colonial India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898454
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #16
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Islam and the army in colonial India; 1. Traditions of supernatural warfare; 2. The padre and his miraculous services; 3. Allah's naked rebels; Conclusions.

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