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The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal
Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316633700

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  • This book reflects upon the political philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal, a towering intellectual figure in South Asian history, revered by many for his poetry and his thought. He lived in India in the twilight years of the British Empire and, apart from a short but significant period studying in the West, he remained in Punjab until his death in 1938. The book studies Iqbal's critique of nationalist ideology and his attempts to chart a path for the development of the 'nation' by liberating it from the centralizing and homogenizing tendencies of the modern state structure. Iqbal frequently clashed with his contemporaries over his view of nationalism as 'the greatest enemy of Islam'. He constructed his own particular interpretation of Islam - forged through an interaction with Muslim thinkers and Western intellectual traditions - that was ahead of its time, and since his death both modernists and Islamists have continued to champion his legacy.

    • A pioneering book on one of the most important Muslim intellectuals of the twentieth century
    • Iqbal's vision of an alternative Islamic society which would provide solutions to political and social ills has been taken up by many in the modern Muslim world
    • An important contribution to the history of South Asia on the eve of independence and to modern Islamic thought
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    '… concise, complete, and consistent.' Thierry DiCostanzo, H-Nationalism

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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316633700
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Muslim political discourse c.1857–1940
    2. 'Mera Payam Aur Hai': Iqbal's roles as an intellectual and poet
    3. Reconstruction of Islam
    4. Rejecting nationalism, relocating the nation
    5. Development of the nation
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Iqbal Singh Sevea, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Iqbal Singh Sevea is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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