Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya Sabha Ahmadiyahs

By: Bob van der Linden

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After its annexation in 1849, the Punjab became the most important Strategic and Agricultural province of British India. Within a few decades, much changed in the region, including the intellectual horizons of the Punjabi elite. This monograph tells the Comparative socio-intellectual History of the Singh Sabha (Sikh), Arya Samaj (Hindu) and Ahmadiyah (Muslim) voluntary reform movements. As a new contribution to the field, the term `moral languages` is introduced to discuss the reformers` redefined Traditions that emerged in response to Western reason and Christianity. Underwriting the Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj and Ahmadiyah moral guages was the fundamental process of strengthening doctrine, conduct, and ritual through a dialogic process in which readings the traditional literature (often as interpreted by European Orientalist scholars) re combined with an understanding that frequently invoked the Authority of science. In particular this volume argues that the secular-religious binary opposition, which s been so dominantly in existence since European Enlightenment, hides more than it shows. Significant to the social consciousness of the Punjabi reformers was the partial overlap with the British civilizing mission`s underlying notion of improvement. The term moral languages emphasizes that since the nineteenth-century Religion is nothing more than morality motivated and spread through modern Institutions and practices. Hence, the Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj and Ahmadiyah moral languages are discussed in terms of modern traditions based on rational Knowledge and practices that became vital to the struggle for authority and status in the Context of an emergent liberal public sphere and processes of state formation. Printed Pages: 268

Title: Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya Sabha Ahmadiyahs

Author Name: Bob van der Linden

Categories: History, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173047596

ISBN 13: 9788173047596

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Keywords: Moral Languages from Colonial Punjab: The Singh Sabha, Arya Sabha Ahmadiyahs Bob van der Linden