ISBN-10:
0674047362
ISBN-13:
9780674047365
Pub. Date:
04/10/2010
Publisher:
Harvard
Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia

by Ayesha Jalal

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Overview

The idea of jihad is central to Islamic faith and ethics, and yet its meanings have been highly contested over time. They have ranged from the philosophical struggle to live an ethical life to the political injunction to wage war against enemies of Islam. Today, more than ever, jihad signifies the political opposition between Islam and the West. Ayesha Jalal seeks to retrieve the ethical meanings of this core Islamic principle in South Asian history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674047365
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/10/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ayesha Jalal is Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University.

Table of Contents

  • List of Maps
  • Preface

  1. Jihad as Ethics, Jihad as War
  2. Jihad in Precolonial South Asia
  3. The Martyrs of Balakot
  4. Jihad in Colonial India
  5. Jihad as Anticolonial Nationalism
  6. Islam Subverted? Jihad as Terrorism

  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

It is difficult to imagine a more timely or a more thoughtful book on this subject. Jalal's subtle reinterpretations sweep away many of the misconceptions fostered both by Western commentators and contemporary Muslim publicists.

Homi Bhabha

Jalalrestores the much used concept of jihad to its enabling history of radical self-examination in the pursuit of justice and freedom, treading a fine balance between religious faith and secular belief. This is a courageous and brilliant book for a hopeful future beyond the quagmire of those who believe in the clash of civilisations --(Homi Bhabha, Harvard University)

Vali Nasr

Intelligent, erudite and timely. This is an important and compelling historical narrative that spans the depth and breadth of the history of Islam in South Asia. By far the best intellectual history of jihad, this work will greatly enrich the study of Islam, South Asia, and Islamic activism. --(Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future)

David Ludden

Based on a vast command of the relevant literature, wide-ranging, meticulous research, fine-tuned analysis, and deep critical thinking, Partisans of Allah traces the history of ideas about jihad and its ethical practice from the early days of Islam to the present. This important book travels the entire Muslim world and should be urgent reading for anyone concerned with cultural politics inside present-day globalization.
David Ludden, New York University

David Ludden

Based on a vast command of the relevant literature, wide-ranging, meticulous research, fine-tuned analysis, and deep critical thinking, Partisans of Allah traces the history of ideas about jihad and its ethical practice from the early days of Islam to the present. This important book travels the entire Muslim world and should be urgent reading for anyone concerned with cultural politics inside present-day globalization. --(David Ludden, New York University)

Christopher Bayly

It is difficult to imagine a more timely or a more thoughtful book on this subject. Jalal's subtle reinterpretations sweep away many of the misconceptions fostered both by Western commentators and contemporary Muslim publicists. --(Christopher Bayly, co-author of Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia)

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