Parallel Pathways: Essays on Hindu-Muslim Relations 1707-1857

By: Meenakshi Jain

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This work seeks to examine the state of Hindu-Muslim relations from the death of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, to the Revolt of 1857. There is a belief in certain circles that the Revolt of 1857 was the last notable manifestation of Hindu-Muslim unity. That unity, it is argued, was thereafter systematically undermined by the divide and rule policies unleashed by the British, leading eventually to the partition of the country in 1947. By this reckoning, Hindu-Muslim integration must have been an accomplished fact in the centuries preceding the Great Revolt. Micro-level studies by scholars, however, reveal a considerably more complex reality. After an overview of India in the eighteenth century, this work examines the political culture of the Mughal successor and Muslim conquest states. The cultural dynamics of the Hindu kingdoms that arose alongside are also studied in some detail. In the nineteenth century, as the British gained political ascendancy, the Indian intelligentsia began an intense debate on the nature of Indian nationalism. The broad contours of that debate have been presented here. One controversy that occupied prominent space in the political discourse of that era was the Hindi/Urdu debate, which has also been examined. Finally, the work surveys the nature of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, specially focusing on the views of theologians, scholars and the political class. Printed Pages: 352.

Title: Parallel Pathways: Essays on Hindu-Muslim Relations 1707-1857

Author Name: Meenakshi Jain

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Konark Publication/D.K. Publishers Distributors: 2010

ISBN: 812200783X

ISBN 13: 9788122007831

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 117773

Keywords: Parallel Pathways: Essays on Hindu-Muslim Relations 1707-1857 Meenakshi Jain