Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal

Hardcover | May 21, 2014

byNeilesh Bose

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Recasting the Region studies the trajectories of Muslim Bengali politics and examines the literary and cultural history of Bengali Muslims from the early twentieth century until the 1952 Language Movement. It argues that Muslim political mobilization in late colonial Bengal did not emanatefrom north Indian calls for a separatist "Muslim" state of Pakistan, but rather emerged out of a sustained engagement with local Bengali intellectual and literary traditions. In six chapters, the book features meticulous research on topics like the pursuit of folklore, literary modernism, and intellectual movements in both Dhaka and Kolkata in the late colonial period. Examining language literary texts, the social histories of newspaper and magazine offices, and thewritings of Bengali Muslim politicians and intellectuals, the book delves into the meaning of nationalism and decolonization for the Bengali Muslims. Focusing on the cultural history of the largest Muslim population of the colonial era, the Bengali Muslims, this work utilizes heretofore unexplored Bengali sources as well as offers a new interpretation of the emergence of the state of Pakistan.

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Recasting the Region studies the trajectories of Muslim Bengali politics and examines the literary and cultural history of Bengali Muslims from the early twentieth century until the 1952 Language Movement. It argues that Muslim political mobilization in late colonial Bengal did not emanatefrom north Indian calls for a separatist "Musli...

Neilesh Bose is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Texas, Denton, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.98 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019809728X

ISBN - 13:9780198097280

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on Terminology, Transliteration, and Non-English Terms1. Modern Bengali Muslim Literary Culture2. Ideological Traffic in Calcutta3. Literary Publics in Dacca4. Regional Confidence and the Rise of Folklore5. Ideas of Pakistan and the End of Empire6. Language and Religion in the Post-Colonial StateConclusionGlossaryBibliographyAbout the Author