Living Together Separately: Cultural India in History and Politics

Hardcover | November 24, 2006

EditorMushirul Hasan, Asim Roy

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This collection of essays effectively reflects the ongoing debate around the ideas of syncretism, synthesis, and pluralism in South Asia today. It discusses various aspects of syncretism in India while problematizing the very concept of syncretism. The essays pose a number of pertinent andrelevant questions, even as they focus on various individuals, moments, and encounters in Indian history. How does one define syncretism? What is the difference between syncretism and pluralism? Is it possible to live together separately? The volume takes a fresh look at various historical events,personalities, and phenomena, and makes an effort to revise many long-held, black-and-white, uni-dimensional views such as unity in diversity and composite culture . This volume boasts of an impressive array of well-known scholars, such as Asim Roy, Michael Fisher, Francis Robinson, GurpreetMahajan, Shail Mayaram, Barbara Metcalf, David Lelyveld, Alok Bhalla, Sudhir Chandra, Farzana Shaikh, Peter van de r Veer, Rajat Kanta Ray, and Kumkum Sangari. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of medieval and modern Indian history as well as lay readers interested in thequestion of Indian pluralism as reflected in its history.

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This collection of essays effectively reflects the ongoing debate around the ideas of syncretism, synthesis, and pluralism in South Asia today. It discusses various aspects of syncretism in India while problematizing the very concept of syncretism. The essays pose a number of pertinent andrelevant questions, even as they focus on vario...

HASAN, MUSHIRUL and ROY, ASIM
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.45 × 6.22 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195669213

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PrefaceIntroductionPERSPECTIVES:1. Thinking over Popular Islam in South Asia: Search for a Paradigm2. References to Tradition in South Asia3. Colonial Language Classification, Post-colonial Language Movements, and the Grassroots Multilingualism Ethos in India4. Reinventing Democratic Citizenship in a Plural SocietyPROCESSES: 5. A Holi Riot of 1714: Versions from Ahmedabad and Delhi6. Living Together: Ajmer as a Paradigm for the (South) Asian City7. The Cow-saving Muslim Saint: Elite and Folk Representations of a Tomb Cult in Oudh8. A Genre of Composite Ceravity: Marsiya and its Performance in Awadh9. Of Graveyards and Ghettos: Muslim in Partitioned West Bengal, 1947 196710. From Beehive Cells to Civil Space: A History of Indian MatrimonyACTORS: 11. Joint Narratives, Separate Nations: Qurratulain Hyder s Aag Ka Darya12. From Princely Court to House of Commons: D.O. Dyce Sombre (1808 1851)13. Sharif Culture and Colonial Rule: A Maulvi -Missionary Encounter14. Living Together Separately: The Ulama of Farangi Mahall c.1700 c.195015. Millat and Mazhab: Rethinking Iqbal s Political Vision16. Reinventing Islamic Politics in Inter-war India: The Clergy Commitment to Composite Nationalism17. Sampurnanand, Secularism, and Religious Syncretism in UP between the 1930s and 1960s18. The Colonial Context of Muslim Separatism: From Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi to Sayyid Ahmad Khan

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"The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Islam in modern India and for anyone working on modern India who is interested in this important question of 'living together separately'." --Times Higher Education Supplement