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Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India

by Venkat Dhulipala

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This book examines how the idea of Pakistan was articulated and debated in the public sphere and how popular enthusiasm was generated for its successful achievement, especially in the crucial province of U.P. (now Uttar Pradesh) in the last decade of British colonial rule in India. It argues that Pakistan was not a simply a vague idea that serendipitously emerged as a nation-state, but was popularly imagined as a sovereign Islamic State, a new Medina, as some called it. In this regard, it was envisaged as the harbinger of Islam’s renewal and rise in the twentieth century, the new leader and protector of the global community of Muslims, and a worthy successor to the defunct Turkish Caliphate. The book specifically foregrounds the critical role played by Deobandi ulama in articulating this imagined national community with an awareness of Pakistan’s global historical significance. It demonstrates how these ulama collaborated with the Muslim League leadership and forged a new political vocabulary fusing ideas of Islamic nationhood and modern state. It, therefore, challenges three principal strands in India’s Partition historiography: scholarship on elite politics that largely sees Pakistan’s emergence as the result of breakdown of constitutional negotiations between the British government, the leaders of the Muslim League and the Indian National Congress; subaltern histories that argue that Pakistan was a vague but emotive religious symbol that found overwhelming popular support without an awareness of its meaning or implications; and finally narratives which argue that Jinnah led a secular nationalist movement to create Pakistan as a liberal democratic State. Contents List of photographs and maps Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Glossary Introduction 1. Nationalists, communalists and the 1937 provincial elections 2. Muslim mass contacts and the rise of the Muslim League 3. Two constitutional lawyers from Bombay and the debate over Pakistan in the public sphere 4. Muslim League and the idea of Pakistan in the United Provinces 5. Ulama at the forefront of politics 6. Urdu press, public opinion and controversies over Pakistan 7. Fusing Islam and state power 8. The referendum on Pakistan Epilogue Conclusion Select bibliography Index

Details of the book

Book :
Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India
Book ID :
84228
Author :
Venkat Dhulipala
ISBN 13 :
9781107052123
Year of Publication :
2015
Edition :
Fifth
Publisher :
Cambridge University Press
Binding :
Hardcover
Pages :
552
Size :
16 X 24 cm
Weight :
1 kg
Illustrations :
9 BW/ Illustrations

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