Origins Of Muslim Consciousness In India: A World-system Perspective

Hardcover | August 1, 1991

bySyed Nesar Ahmad

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The debate over the underlying causes of the clash between Hindus and Muslims which continues to polarize India is the central concern of this volume. Syed Nesar Ahmad challenges popular viewpoints regarding the Hindu-Muslim conflict by asserting that, although instrinsic differences between the two cultures do exist and this schism has been somewhat fueled by the cultural conditions in colonial India, the emergence and growth of the conflict is primarily the result of social and economic forces, both global and regional, that has caused the initial differences to intensify into cultural rift. Ahmad presents a thorough account of Indian history during the 19th and 20th centuries, analyzing how the relationship between Hindus and Muslims has been shaped by each significant political and social development. Evidence of both selectivism and assimilation between Hindus and Muslims, a concept not previously accepted, is apparent throughout the history, and the issue of the origins of the identity of the Muslim consciousness which now exerts such influence in the region is explained in terms of the interaction of religious, social, cultural, and global factors. By viewing India's struggle for its post-colonial identity from this comprehensive historical perspective, this work illuminates some of the fundamental causes of similar conflicts throughout the former colonial world.

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The debate over the underlying causes of the clash between Hindus and Muslims which continues to polarize India is the central concern of this volume. Syed Nesar Ahmad challenges popular viewpoints regarding the Hindu-Muslim conflict by asserting that, although instrinsic differences between the two cultures do exist and this schism ha...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.5 × 6.42 × 1.16 inPublished:August 1, 1991Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313273316

ISBN - 13:9780313273315

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?No topic in South Asian history has generated more controversy than the processes by which the British Raj was transformed into two (now three) mutually antagonistic successor-states. Ahmad set himself the task of trying to explain the circumstances that brought into being (against the backdrop of a faltering Raj and the triumphant progress of the Congress movement) a distinct Indo-Muslim sense of cultural self-consciousness and communal identity. His chosen method was not to cull the extensive primary sources (e.g. official records, private correspondence, etc.), but to offer a critique of the secondary literature (often highly contentious), and thereby find his way to his own interpretation. Because of Ahmad's untimely death during the 1986 Pam Am hijacking in Karachi, the present work is, in essence, his dissertation, which was seen through the press by his widow. The result is a stimulating, if idiosyncratic contribution to the debate. Graduate level.?-Choice