The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India

By: Kavita Saraswathi Datla

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The Language of Secular Islam pursues an alternative account of the political disagreements between Hindus and Muslims in South Asia, conflicts too often described as the product of primordial and unchanging attachments to religion. The author suggests that the political struggles of India in the 1930s, the very decade in which the demand for Pakistan began to be articulated, should not be understood as the product of an inadequate or incomplete secularism, but as the clashing of competing secular agendas. Her work explores negotiations over language, education, and religion at Osmania University, the first university in India to use a modern Indian language (Urdu) as its medium of instruction in all academic subjects.Grounded in close attention to historical evidence, The Language of Secular Islam has broad ramifications for some of the most difficult issues currently debated in the humanities and social sciences: the significance and legacies of European colonialism, the inclusions and exclusions enacted by nationalist projects, the place of minorities in the forging of Indian nationalism, and the relationship between religion and modern politics. It will be of interest to historians of colonial India, scholars of religion, and anyone who follows language politics.Printed Pages: 248.

Title: The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India

Author Name: Kavita Saraswathi Datla

Categories: India, Languages,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2013

ISBN: 8125050183

ISBN 13: 9788125050186

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 101936

Keywords: The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India Kavita Saraswathi Datla