Nationalism and Post-Colonial Identity: Culture and Ideology in India and Egypt / Edition 1

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This book argues that the seemingly intractable political problems that face India and Egypt today have their origins in the ideological and political crises of the early 20th century. The ideological solutions to the problem of national identity constructed by the early nationalists have had unforeseen and unimaginable consequences which have shaped the perceptions and political motivations of contemporary political actors. This book is an intervention into that wider political and cultural debate.

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Introduction 1. Nationalism as Cultural Politics 2. The Prehistory of Gandhian Nationalism 3. A Tragedy of Idealism: Utopianism and the Imagined Community of Gandhi's Hind Swaraj 4. The Making and Unmaking of Gandhian Ideology: Raja Rao's Kanthapura 5. An Anatomy of Egyptian Secular-Liberal Nationalism 6. Tawfiq al-Hakim and the Dark Side of Egyptian Secular-Liberal Nationalist Discourse 7. Naguib Mahfouz, National Allegory and Neopatriarchy: The Cairo Trilogy 8. Reflections on Nationalism, Culture and Ideology In India and Egypt

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