Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India

Hardcover | July 29, 2015

byM. Raisur Rahman

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Existing studies of life and livelihood in colonial India have mostly privileged larger cities as the leading economic and cultural centres in the history of the subcontinent, undervaluing the role and significance of smaller entities such as villages and qasbahs (small towns) in the process.Dissolving the distinctions between centre and periphery, this book presents the qasbahs of colonial India as vital and vibrant centres of intense intellectual and cultural activity. While qasbahs with their architectural remains and ruins of mosques, havelis (mansions), madrasas (Islamic schools), and darwazas (gates) reflect the syncretistic side of Indian society, they also serve as windows for understanding larger worldviews, tensions, and segmentations defining Indiansocial life. The emergence of modernity among Muslims, as the book demonstrates, was a process during their colonial encounter in which qasbah residents were active agents, and the Islam that emerged was that of everyday living.Drawing upon hitherto untapped Urdu, English, Hindi, and Persian sources, this volume explores why locales remain major identity-markers and what makes qasbahs continue to evoke memory and nostalgia.

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Existing studies of life and livelihood in colonial India have mostly privileged larger cities as the leading economic and cultural centres in the history of the subcontinent, undervaluing the role and significance of smaller entities such as villages and qasbahs (small towns) in the process.Dissolving the distinctions between centre a...

M. Raisur Rahman is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.07 inPublished:July 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199455228

ISBN - 13:9780199455225

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsA Note on SpellingIntroduction1. Situating Qasbahs: Evolution, Genealogy, History2. Cultures, Networks, Diaspora: The Historical Significance of Qasbahs3. For the Record: A Unique Literary Tradition and Intellectual Legacy4. Shakhsiyat as Intellectual Exemplars: Bilgramis and Rudaulvis in Indian and Muslim History5. Shakhsiyat as Intellectual Exemplars: Amrohvis and Badaunis in Indian and Muslim History6. Religion and Social Dynamics: Hindus, Muslims, and Beyond7. Jadidiyat: Muslim Modernity in ActionConclusion: Qasbah Studies - Cultural Landscape and the Meaning of PlaceAppendixGlossaryBibliographyIndexAbout the Author