Becoming Hindus and Muslims: Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal: 1342-1905

By: Saumya Dey

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This book begins by interrogating the assumption that coherent religious identities emerged in the Indian subcontinent only in the nineteenth century, when the colonial state initiated the census and made it necessary for Indians determinately to identify themselves as Hindus or Muslims. The author studies the medieval Bengali kavyas and discerns the beginnings of religious identities in them. The kavyas, thus, he argues, formed an emotional inheritance which impacted the literature and sense of history which emerged in colonial Bengal under European influence. In the second-half of the nineteenth century, this new literature, teamed with a freshly acquired historical consciousness, demonstrated the various ways in which the contemporary Hindu and Muslim intelligentsia tried to make sense of each other. In the process, the literature of the period, the book suggests, both reflected and aided the gradual ‘becoming’ of Hindus and Muslims as political communities. Printed Pages: 313.

Title: Becoming Hindus and Muslims: Reading the Cultural Encounter in Bengal: 1342-1905

Author Name: Saumya Dey

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2015

ISBN: 8121512905

ISBN 13: 9788121512909

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 15 x 23 Cm

Seller ID: 038553

Keywords: Hindus Muslims Cultural Encounter Bengal India