Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History

Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History

By: Ajay Skaria (author)Hardback

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How have the dominant histories of the Indian subcontinent been constructed and how do they deal with the subject of Muslims and Dalits or 'Untouchables'? Taking a subaltern approach - the view from below - "Muslims, Dalits, and the Fabrications of History" explores a wide range of issues across history. The essays range across: the creation of the concept of 'the Mussalman' through the work of Hindi writers and publicists in the late nineteenth century; how the re-imaginings of the Mappila peasant 'uprisings' in the early twentieth century constructed a popular image of the fanatic Mussalman; Gandhi's attempt to rethink political relations between Hindus and Muslims; the anomalous position of Kabir within the frameworks of caste and canonicity; the history, politics, and legal aspects of the case of the Dalit murdered on the steps of a Hanuman temple; how authority, property and matriliny in Malabar helped to shape colonial law-making; the rhetoric of the bardic tradition; and, the nationalist imagination.

About Author

Shail Mayaram is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and author of Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins and Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity. M.S.S. Pandian's publications include Image Trap: M.G. Ramachandran in Films and Politics. Ajay Skaria teaches history at the University of Minneapolis and is author of Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India.


* Representing the Mussalman: Then and Now, Now and Then, Shahid Amin, University of Delhi* Refiguring the Fanatic: Malabar 1836-1922, M. T. Ansari, University of Hyderabad* A Practice of Prejudice: Gandhi's Politics of Friendship, Faisal Fatehali Devji, Yale University* The Anomaly of Kabir: Caste and Canonicity in Indian Modernity, Milind Wakankar, State University of New York* Death of a Kotwal: Injury and the Politics of Recognition, Anupama Rao, Columbia University* Framing Custom, Directing Practices: Authority, Property and Matriliny under Colonial Law in Nineteenth-century Malabar, Praveena Kodoth, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum* A Poetics of Resistance: Investigating the Rhetoric of the Bardic Historians of Rajasthan, Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar, independent scholar, Renu Dube, Boise State University and Reena Dube, Indiana University* The Work of Imagination: Temporality and Nationhood in Colonial Bengal, Prathama Banerjee, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi

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  • ISBN13: 9781905422111
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9781905422111
  • weight: 546
  • ISBN10: 1905422113

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