Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam Since 1850 / Edition 1

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Self and Sovereignty explores the role of individual Muslim men and women within India and Pakistan from 1850 through to decolonization and the partition period.

Commencing in colonial times, Jalal explores and interprets the historical processes through which the perception of the Muslim individual and the community of Islam have been reconfigured over time. She 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 of late nineteenth century India

-the politics of language and identity - Hindu, Urdu and Punjabi

-Muslim identity, cultural difference 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415220781
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/16/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 The Muslim Self and the Loss of Sovereignty: Individual and Community Before 1858 1
2 Forging a Muslim Community: Press, Poetry and Politics in the Late Nineteenth Century 43
3 Common Languages, Contested Scripts, Conflicted Communities: Shifting Identities of Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi 102
4 Muslims as a Legal and Political Category: Subjecthood in Theory and Practice 139
5 Identity and Sovereignty in Muslim Consciousness: The Khilafat Crescent and the Indian Charkha 187
6 Contested Sovereignty in the Punjab: The Interplay of Formal and Informal Politics 262
7 Between Region and Nation: The Missing Centre 320
8 At the Crossroads of 'Pakistan': Muslim Imaginings and Territorial Sovereignty 386
9 Lost Tracks to Unity: Confrontation, Compromise and Civil War 472
10 Epilogue An Unhealing Wound: Paradoxes of Muslim Identity, Sovereignty and Citizenship 563
Glossary 579
Select Bibliography 582
Index 596
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