The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims, 1917-1947 by Khizar Humayun Ansari

The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims, 1917-1947

byKhizar Humayun Ansari

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The reconciliation of basic Islamic principles with modernity has been a major challenge for Muslims over the last two centuries. This study uncovers the responses of Indian Muslims who were drawn to socialist ideas between the Bolshevik Revolution and Partition. From the Pan-Islamistmuhajirin, who migrated to Soviet Central Asia during the Khilafat agitation of 1919-24, to the upper-class literary radicals of the Progressive Writers Movement of the 1930s and 1940s, socialism provided Muslim radicals with an intellectual toolkit for analysing their own society and constructingstrategies for emancipation from Western oppression. In fact, the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity that existed within Islamic ideology encouraged Muslim socialists to embrace a secular mode of thinking. Recognizing these familiar strands in socialist theory legitimatized theirfascination with socialism. This book sheds light on the fact that religious and political separatism were not the only paths adopted by the Muslims of north India to move forward under colonial rule.

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Khizar Humayun Ansari is Professor of Islam and Cultural Diversity and Director for the Centre for Minority Studies, Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written extensively on the subject of Muslims in Western society, South Asia, ethnic diversity, identity, and cross-cultural issues. Professor Ansari ...

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Title:The Emergence of Socialist Thought Among North Indian Muslims, 1917-1947Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pagesPublished:November 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199068682

ISBN - 13:9780199068685

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsA note on spelling1. The Emergence of the Early Muslim Socialists2. Muslim Socialist Activity in India: 1917-19343. The Intellectual Origins of the Later Muslim Socialists4. The Social Background of Muslim Socialists of 1930s and 1940s5. Muslim Socialists and the PWA: 1936-19476. Themes in Muslim Socialist LiteratureConclusionEpilogueAppendicesGlossarySources and BibliographyIndex