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

ISBN : 9780199068685

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Author: 
Humayun Ansari
Pages
552 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
149 x 222 mm
Pub date
Jan 2015
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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-Islamist muhajirin, 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 constructing strategies 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 their fascination 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.

Index: 

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
A note on spelling
2. Muslim Socialist Activity in India: 1917-1934s
3. The Intellectual Origins of the Later Muslim Socialists
4. The Social Background of Muslim Socialists of 1930s and 1940s
5. Muslim Socialists and the PWA: 1936-1947
6. Themes in Muslim Socialist Literature
Conclusion
Epilogue
Appendices
Glossary
Sources and Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

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 has provided briefings to senior policy-makers and has made major contributions to local, national, and international print and broadcast media. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for his services to higher education and race relations in the community.

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