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Between Tradition and Modernity : Aspects of Islam in South Asia

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Edited by Shireen Maswood; Amit Dey & Ritwika Biswas
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The book includes nine essays, a majority of which were presented as papers at a national seminar on Islam in South Asia organized by the Department of History, University of Calcutta in February 2004. Focusing mainly on different aspects of Islam in South Asia, the volume also explores some West Asian experiences. This helps locating South Asian Islam on a broader canvas. A wide range of issues, which unravels the underlying tensions in Islam between traditional values and modernizing trends, has been covered in the present volume, Islamic revivalism in the nineteenth century. Islamic approach to science and technology, modernizing role played by individual thinkers such as Iqbal and Abdul Would, discourse on gender, the world of the Sufis and folk Islam are some of the chosen themes to address the problem. The Volume would enrich the tradition of scholarly discourse on Islam as well as satisfy popular curiosity about Islam in South Asia.

Contents

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgements

Introduction

 

Section I - Ideologies: Challenges and Response

One - Islam and the Challenges of Modernity - I.H. AZAD FARUQI

Two - Explorations of the Self: From Iqbal to Sharia'ti - KINGSHUK CHATTERJEE

Three - Impact of Ideological Issues on the Psyche of the Bengali Muslims in Colonial Period - TAPTI DE

Four - Titu Meer, Tariqa-i-Muhammadiya Movement and the Discourse on Jehad - ABHIJIT DUTTA

 

Section II - A Social Discourse: Populism and Science

Five - Refashioning Devotional Islam : Sufi Traditions in the Modern Age - RAZIUDDIN AQUIL

Six - Madariyas Revisited : Rethinking Polular Islam - ANANDA BHATTACHARYA

Seven - Aspects of Syncretistic Traditions in Bengal - ISHANI GHOSH

Eight - The Image of Women in the Prophetic Mirror The Bengal Experience : 19th-20th Centuries - AMIT DEY

Nine - Articulating for Islamic Science: As Essentialist Project - S. IRFAN HABIB

 

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Shireen Maswood is a reader in the Department of History, University of Calcutta

Professor Amit Dey is at present heading the Department of History, University of Calcutta

Ritiwika Biswas is a reader in the Department of History, University of Calcutta

 

ISBN
978-81-7074-325-5
Year
2011
Pages
vi+252
Binding
Hardback

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