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Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India (Hardback)
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Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 18/08/2015
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A historical narrative that examines the role of ulema and their use of the concept of jihad during India's struggle for independence.

Colonialism and the Call to Jihad in British India examines the role of Muslim religious leaders or Ulema's in India's freedom struggle. And it does so by visiting the life and times of seven main protagonists- the 19th century cleric Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi, the mystic revolutionary Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah, Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan( the founding father of the Silk Conspiracy and later of Jamia Millia Movement), Maulana Obaidullah Sindhi, Barkatullah Khan and Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani. All eulogized the idea of `Jihad' but used it to fight and lead the freedom struggle against the British. It examines the roots of the Walliullahi movement which led to the Deoband movement in the second half of the 19thcentury in North India. It also highlights the 20thcentury Silk letter movement in which Muslim Ulema worked in tandem with the Hindu and Sikh Nationalists led Ghadar Party which was active not just in India but also in Europe and the USA. The book is a timely reminder of a shared Hindu-Muslim unity during our freedom struggle and helps us understand the commonly misunderstood notion of Jihad in the Indian context. The book in the end puts onus on the prevailing political system to ensure that India does not fall victim to sectarian violence and religious intolerance.

Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 9789351502616
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 15 mm


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This book focuses on the call for jihad against the British by the Islamic clergy (mullahs) in the 19th and 20th centuries...a relatively neglected field, largely ignored by mainstream scholars of Indian nationalism. This study contains a lot of useful information about mobilization under mullahs during the Revolt of 1857, the Khilafat Movement and Partition.

-- Business Standard, 31 December 2015

[the book] brings together research and biography from various sources which introduce us to the overlooked and forgotten personalities who contributed to the tradition and devoted their lives to resisting British colonial rule.

-- The Asian Age, 24 January 2016 and Deccan Chronicle, 28 January 2016

[The book] aims to undo the misconceptions that have risen with regard to the concept of Jihad within the Islamic discourse.... Offers concise histories of many different Muslim leaders in the struggle against the British regime, a narrative which has been admittedly forgotten from many history books.

-- The Book Review, March 2016

"[The author] seeks to correct palpable lapses in historiography, of present academic scholarship highlighting several critical omissions seeking as he does to redress the transmission of fabricated interpretations: his, is an indispensable endeavour and necessitates discussion....What [his] narrative makes explicit is how Utilitarian philosophy seeks to separate, inventing distinctions to produce a dichotomous' ideal type', a facet which remains unacknowledged by historians/ social scientist theorists of the Indian Subcontinent....[He] has certainly corrected the incomplete knowledge, encouraging fresh, rigorous academic scholarship for social scientists."

-- Kashmir Observer, October 1, 2016

"Brings together research and biography from various sources which introduce us to the overlooked and forgotten personalities who contributed to the tradition and devoted their lives to resisting British colonial rule"

-- The Asian Age

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